Above: Global Hunger Index (GHI) scores by rank, 2000 GHI, 2005 GHI, 2010 GHI, and 2018 GHI

Pakistan has ranked 14th worst among 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2018.

With 20.5 percent of its population undernourished, Pakistan ranks 106 in GHI 2018.

Improving from the previous alarming hunger level in 2000, Pakistan now is ranked on a serious level, scoring 32.6 against 38.3 in the 2000 index.

The GHI is published jointly by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.

Pakistan has performed worse than its Saarc neighbours (rank/score):

  • 103 India (score 31.1)
  • 86 Bangladesh (score 26.1)
  • 67 Sri Lanka (score 17.9)

but better than:

  • 111 Afghanistan (score 34.3)

The GHI estimates that Pakistan will not be able to achieve low hunger level even by 2030.

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The GHI is calculated for 119 countries on four indicators:

1. UNDERNOURISHMENT: the share of the population that is under- nourished (that is, whose caloric intake is insufficient)

2. CHILD WASTING: the share of children under the age of five who are wasted (that is, who have low weight for their height, reflect- ing acute undernutrition)

3. CHILD STUNTING: the share of children under the age of five who are stunted (that is, who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition)

4. CHILD MORTALITY: the mortality rate of children under the age of five (in part, a reflection of the fatal mix of inadequate nutrition and unhealthy environments)

GHI scores on a 100-point GHI Severity Scale, where 0 is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst.

GHI Severity Scale

≤ 9.9 low

10.0–19.9 moderate

20.0–34.9 serious

35.0–49.9 alarming

50.0 ≤ extremely alarming

The GHI 2018 shows hunger levels in 119 countries: 45 ranked serious, 6 alarming and 1 extremely alarming.

This year, the only country to hit the threshold of 50, which signifies extremely alarming hunger levels, is Central African Republic (CAR).

You can download the full GHI 2018 report here.

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