The 2021 Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows us the impact of multiple crises like climate change, violent conflicts, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which led many countries to a grim hunger situation.
The GHI score is based on a formula that captures three dimensions of hunger, like insufficient caloric intake (undernourishment), undernutrition of children, and child mortality.
After decades of decline, the global prevalence of undernourishment is increasing.
In both Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, hunger is considered serious.
Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of undernourishment, child stunting, and child mortality in any region of the world.
South Asia's high hunger level is driven largely by child undernutrition, particularly as measured by child wasting.
Rediff Labs have prepared the map where the Global Hunger Index score for each country is shown with the rank from the GHI report.
India is one of the 31 countries where the GHI score is 27.5 and it is ranked at 102, it has trailed from the previous years.
According to the 2021 GHI, one country, Somalia, suffers from an extremely alarming level of hunger.
Hunger is at an alarming level in five countries -- Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, and Yemen -- and is provisionally categorised as alarming in four additional countries -- Burundi, Comoros, South Sudan, and Syria.
Hunger has been identified as serious in 31 countries and is provisionally categorised as serious in six additional countries.
Since 2012, hunger has increased in 10 countries with moderate, serious, or alarming hunger levels, in some cases reflecting a stagnation of progress and in others signaling an intensification of an already precarious situation.
Fourteen countries have achieved significant advances in the fight against hunger, with a reduction of 25 percent or more between their 2012 and 2021 GHI scores.