World Food Day 2011: Global Hunger Index and the hunger situation in mountainous countries


The 2011 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report was recently released. This report, prepared by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) presents a multidimensional of global, regional and national hunger, calls for action to build resilience and mitigate the effects of volatility, particularly in countries where hunger is most severe. Of the 59 countries with serious, alarming and extremely alarming GHI scores, around 28 are characterized by mountainous territory. According to the report, since 1990 a dramatic increase in hunger has occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Moreover, mountainous countries such as Djibouti, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Yemen are concerned by an alarming level of hunger. The GHI report also reveals a serious hunger situation in Bolivia, Cameroon, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The full report is available online.

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