9 Countries Where People Are Going Hungry
Hunger is a persistent problem that has dogged many third-world countries for years. While global hunger levels have been decreasing steadily over the past two decades, 870 million people still went hungry in 2012, according to a report by the International Food Policy Research Institute.
The global hunger index — which is compiled from data on the proportion of undernourished people, mortality rates for children under five years old, and the percentage of children under five who are underweight — showed that hunger levels in 19 countries were classified as either “alarming” or “extremely alarming.” Many of these countries are already receiving international aid, but it is evident that the problem of hunger, especially among children, is only being partially foiled.
The institute noted the correlation between areas of political upheaval and higher levels of hunger. When there is no stable government in place to oversee the cultivation of food — or when the government actively interferes with that process — yields decline, and hunger inevitably sets in. Some of the most important steps to fighting hunger must come from the political side, as well as from economic sources. Let’s take a closer look at 9 of the countries that are suffering from the greatest hunger levels around the world.