Islamabad, Pakistan: Pakistan is already facing inflation and now the Global Hunger Index is another set back for it. Pakistan has ranked 92nd out of 116 nations with a score of 24.7.
According to Dawn, Pakistan has been able to bring the proportion of the undernourished population down to 12.9 per cent from 21.1 per cent in 2000 but still faces problems related to malnourishment.
The Global Hunger Index comprises four indicators including undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and under-five mortality rate.
The report, jointly published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe on global hunger, mentions: “As the year 2030 draws closer, achievement of the world’s commitment to Zero Hunger is tragically distant”.
Further, over the last three years, Pakistan’s double-digit food price inflation, along with dwindling income, has left more Pakistanis food insecure, according to Dawn.
On the other hand, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that approximately 43 per cent of Pakistanis are food insecure and 18 per cent of those have acute food insecurity. The WFP contends that affordability is the “greatest barrier in achieving a nutritious diet,” estimating that the majority of Pakistanis are incapable of affording nutritionally acceptable food.