Global Hunger Index (GHI)-2017

Dear banking Aspirants,

We have attended many exams in the past few months and you have studied and heard about many indices and its international rankings namely, Ease of doing business index, Global Peace Index, Human development Index etc…Now we discuss briefly about one of the important indexes –Global Hunger Index-2017.

About Global Hunger Index:

Global Hunger Index is a tool used to describe the state of countries hunger situation. Global Hunger Index is updated once a year. And it was first published in 2008.

The Index was adopted and further developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) with Welthungerhlife, a German non-Profit Organisation (NPO).

The 2017 global hunger Index report is the twelfth report it gives us the multidimensional measure of national, regional and global hunger. It’s the only report which shows how world has made progress in reducing hunger since 2000.

The 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) is calculated for 119 countries for which data are available for four indicators:

  • the percentage of the population that is undernourished,
  • the percentage of children under age five who suffer from wasting (low weight for height),
  • the percentage of children under age five who suffer from stunting (low height for age), and
  • the percentage of children who die before the age of five (child mortality).

There is a progress in reducing hunger from 2000. Since 2000 there is 27% decrease in GHI Scores across the countries.14% countries have reduced their GHI Score by 50% or more since 2000.72 countries have reduced their GHI Scores by 25%-49.9% since 2000

 Global Hunger Index 2017

India ranked 100th position among 119 countries on global hunger Index (GHI) 2017 report. This year slipped by three positions as compared to 97th rank in 2016 GHI report.

India’s neighbours ranking are Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Bangladesh (88), Srilanka (84) and china (29)-except Pakistan (106) and Afghanistan (107). Even North Korea (93) and Iraq (78) fared better in hunger parameters and GHI rankings.

The Central African Republic has the highest GHI Score and has been categorised as “extremely alarming”. It is followed by Chad, Sierra Leone, Madagascar and Zambia.

Highest scores in the report

Central African Republic – 50.9

Chad – 43.5

Sierra Leone – 38.5

Madagascar – 38.3

Zambia – 38.2

Yemen – 36.1

Sudan – 35.5

Liberia – 35.3

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