Study: Hunger still a serious problem in 52 countries

BERLIN, Oct. 14 (MNA) – Hunger remains a serious problem in 52 of 117 countries studied, something that the Global Hunger Index cannot and does not want to hide, stated experts of important international entities.

This index and a global hunger map were published by the German non-governmental organization Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (Assistance against World Hunger), the International Institute for Food and Development Policy Research and the Irish charitable organization Concern Worldwide.

Such A map, which illustrates the global hunger index distribution, and the data backing that information, are presented every year since 2005 and this time it made emphasis on the situations in Libya, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, South Sudan and other war-torn countries.

Andrea Sonntag, an expert in food policies of the Deutsche Welthungerhilfe, said that the shortage of staples in developing countries fell by 27 percent in 2000-2015 while the seriousness of the shortage fell by 50 percent or more in 17 countries.

However, Roman Herre, who is a co-author of the report and a member of the German chapter of FIAN International, an organization for the right to adequate food, said that absolute numbers are important because the existence of 800 million people suffering hunger refers to people that cannot eat every day, but fails to take into account those suffering malnutrition and those suffering hunger only for three months in a year.




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