The latest Global Hunger Index, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute has found that Zambia is the third hungriest nation on the planet.
The Hunger Index ranks countries based on undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting (low weight for height) and child stunting (low height for age).
The 2016 report ranked 118 developing countries with Zambia third from last, only better than the Central African Republic and Chad.
It showed that nearly half the population in Zambia and the Central African Republic and one in three people in Chad, are undernourished.
The index shows that hunger levels are “alarming” in seven countries, with Central African Republic (CAR), Chad and Zambia experiencing the worst levels.
The index further shows that Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest hunger levels, followed closely by South Asia.
“Too many people are hungry today. There is a need for urgent, thoughtful and innovative action to ensure that no one ever goes hungry again,” said David Nabarro, special adviser to the U.N. secretary-general on the SDGs.
Haiti, reeling from last week’s Hurricane Matthew and still recovering from a massive 2010 earthquake, has the fourth highest hunger score.
“Countries must accelerate the pace at which they are reducing hunger” if they are to meet the 2030 target, Shenggen Fan, director general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said in a statement.
“Ending global hunger is certainly possible, but it’s up to all of us … (to) set the priorities right to ensure that governments, the private sector and civil society devote the time and resources necessary,” Fan added.
It showed that 47.8% of the Zambian people are undernourished while 6.3% of Zambia children under five are wasting and that stunting in children under five years still stands at 40 percent and under five mortality rate is 6.4 percent.
Details and methodology used can be found at the website below
GHI Scores 2016