Millions die of malnutrition each year, but there is hope for the hungry, report says
Around the world, a lack of food is a debilitating, often fatal problem. Nearly one in nine people worldwide are chronically undernourished, and 3.1 million children die of malnutrition each year.
As terrible as that problem is, there are signs that things may be getting better.
On Monday, the International Food Policy Research Institute, Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide released their annual Global Hunger Index (GHI), an overview of the problem of hunger in developing countries. The GHI uses four indicators — the percentage of the population that is undernourished — the percentage of children who suffer from wasting, the percentage of children who suffer from stunting and the percentage of children who die below age 5 — to assign a score to each country for which it can get data. The scores correspond with ratings, which range from “low” to “extremely alarming.”