The six countries ranked with alarming levels of hunger in the new GHI are Chad, Haiti, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Yemen and Zambia while some of the 45 countries ranked with serious levels of hunger include Afghanistan, North Korea, Kenya, Iraq, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
There were thirteen countries where no GHI scores could be calculated for the study and in seven of those countries, including Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria, Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe determined that missing data was a cause for significant concern. The report states that, in some cases, data is unavailable as a result of violent conflict or political unrest, which are strong predictors of hunger and undernutrition. The report heralds the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2417 (2018) - which condemns the use of starvation as a method of warfare - as a potentially significant milestone in the fight against hunger and urges UN members to introduce an accountability system to highlight and deter violations of it.
The GHI2018 report can be downloaded on this dedicated website: www.globalhungerindex.org.
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Notes to editor
The GHI, now in its 13th year, ranks countries based on four key indicators: undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting (malnourished or emaciated) and child stunting (low body weight to height).
Ten of the highest scoring countries (with highest levels of hunger out of 119 countries analysed) in GHI 2018
Country Category 2018
1 Central African Republic Extremely Alarming 53.7
2 Chad Alarming 45.4
3 Yemen Alarming 39.7
4 Madagascar Alarming 38
5 Zambia Alarming 37.6
6 Sierra Leone Alarming 35.7
7 Haiti Alarming 35.4
8 Sudan Serious 34.8
9 Afghanistan Serious 34.3
10 Timor-Leste Serious 34.2
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