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What factors contribute to Pakistan’s 99th rank on the Global Hunger Index?

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According to analysts, Why Pakistan’s 99th rank on the global hunger index. It can be attributed to issues with accessibility and affordability, compounded by ongoing political and economic crises.

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Why Pakistan’s 99th rank on the global hunger index, with its status as the world’s fifth most populous country, obtained the 99th position out of 129 nations in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, signifying a “serious” level of hunger. The report, the fourth edition of which was produced in partnership between German non-profit organization Welthungerhilfe and Irish counterpart Concern Worldwide, is a peer-reviewed publication and was officially introduced in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, on Tuesday.

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Global Food Crisis and Pakistan’s Rising Hunger Index Score

Addressing the gravity of a worldwide food crisis, the report highlights that a combination of conflict, climate change. And the COVID-19 pandemic has left millions susceptible to food shortages. Alarmingly, the report’s projections reveal that by 2030, at least 46 countries, including Pakistan. Will fall short of achieving “low hunger” status.

For the 2022 report, Why Pakistan’s 99th rank on the global hunger index. Pakistan obtained a score of 26.1, indicating a worsening situation compared to its score of 29.6 in the 2014 edition. The GHI scores from the 2007 and 2000 reports depicted Pakistan’s previous standings at 32.1 and 36.8, respectively.

Alarming Hunger Levels in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia: A Closer Look at Vulnerabilities
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The report, released in October of the previous year. Revealed that Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the regions facing the “highest hunger levels”. And are particularly susceptible to upcoming shocks and crises.

“South Asia, known for having the world’s highest hunger level. Exhibits the highest rate of child stunting and significantly surpasses other regions with its child wasting rate,” the report emphasized.

Pakistan, along with five other countries, was specifically mentioned for experiencing a rise in stunting rates among children.

According to the report, regions showing the least progress over time. Marked by either increasing or stagnant stunting levels, include central Chad, central Pakistan, central Afghanistan, northeastern Angola. As well as areas throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Madagascar.

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