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Pakistan worst in Asia when it comes to eliminating hunger

In the Global Hunger Index 2016 rankings of 118 countries, India is ranked 97 and Pakistan 107

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Publish Date: Oct 12 2016 2:38PM | Updated Date: Oct 12 2016 2:38PM

Pakistan worst in Asia when it comes to eliminating hunger

Pakistan performed worse than India and Bangladesh when it came to eradicating hunger, a new study revealed. Pakistan ranks 107 in the Global Hunger Index followed by India which ranks 97 in the list of 118 developing countries.

 

Except Pakistan and India — the worst performers in dealing with hunger, all neighbouring and regional nations such as China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (75), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (90) improved their respective rankings significantly.

 

Several countries of South Asia, including Bangladesh who have lacked agriculture base, performed very well and improved their ranking drastically in recent years and surpassed Pakistan with a clear margin in the fight against hunger.

 

The 2016 Global Hunger Index report said more than 45 countries — including India, Pakistan, Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan — will still have “moderate” to “alarming” hunger scores in 2030, “far short of the goal to end hunger by that year, if menace of hunger declines at the same rate as the report finds it has since 1992.”

 

Aong Asian countries, India and Pakistan are at the bottom of the rankings in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report released by US-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

 

In the 2016 rankings of 118 countries, India is ranked 97 and Pakistan 107. All other Asian neighbours are doing relatively better -- China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (75), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (90), the report showed, adding India’s GHI score of 28.5 is worse than the developing country average score of 21.3.

 

Brazil and Argentina have a GHI score of less than 5 and are ranked the best among developing nations, while countries like Chad and Central African Republic come at the bottom with a score of 44.3 and 46.1, respectively, the report says.

 

GHI is a multidimensional statistical tool used to describe the state of countries' hunger situation. Updated once a year, it gauges the progress and failures in the global fight against hunger.