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33 countries face "alarming" levels of hunger



  01:21:07 pm, by admin   , 778 words  
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33 countries face "alarming" levels of hunger

Eritreans stand in long lines for milk and other staples at stores. Shoppers sometimes wait for hours for a single loaf of bread (NYT)

33 countries face "alarming" levels of hunger

Eritrea has the highest proportion of undernourished people in the world. 75% of Eritreans are undernourished, the highest percentage in the whole world. In Global Hunger Index 2008 Eritrea ranks 87th out of 88 countries and Ethiopia with 15 times the population of Eritrea ranks 82nd.
Source: IFPRI

A baby from Kerkebet, Eritrea being weighed as part of a supplementary feeding project. © LWF/DWS Eritrea

Thirty-three countries around the world have "alarming" or "extremely alarming" levels of hunger, according to the 2008 Global Hunger Index, a metric released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.

The index measures global hunger by ranking countries on prevalence of child malnutrition, rates of child mortality, and the proportion of people who are calorie deficient. The Democratic Republic of Congo scored the worst on the Index, followed by Eritrea, Burundi, Niger, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ethiopia.

IFPRI says that because the baseline data dates to 2006, "the rankings do not reflect the current crisis of rising food prices, but they do highlight which countries could be most vulnerable to the crisis."

"Most of the countries ranked in the Index are net importers of grains, and are therefore more likely to suffer because of rising food prices," added the NGO in a statement.

Joachim von Braun, IFPRI director general, says that slow gains in reducing hunger in recent decades may be losing ground.

“The world has made only slow progress in reducing hunger in past decades, with dramatic differences among countries and regions,” said Joachim von Braun, IFPRI director general. “Population and income growth, high energy prices, biofuels, science and technology, climate change, globalization, and urbanization are introducing drastic changes to food consumption, production, and markets. The current financial crisis complicates the picture: it actually brings some short-term relief for hungry people, as it contributes to reduced commodity prices, but the credit crunch makes access to capital difficult, including for agriculture, and that adds another obstacle for overcoming the food crisis.”

IFPRI recommends increased spending on agricultural research and policy measures to address the current food crisis.

“Priorities for action at the national and global level must address the immediate food needs of poor people priced out of food markets," said von Braun At the same time, national governments and the global community should begin to correct previous failures in agricultural policy by investing in agriculture and food production, setting up reliable systems for assisting the most vulnerable people in a timely way, and establishing a fair global trading system and a conducive investment environment."

File Photo: Famine in Eritrea.

Global Hunger Index

Highlights from the report

Global Trends

  • Overall Global Hunger Index scores have improved from 18.7 in the 1990 GHI to 15.2 in the 2008 GHI.
  • On a global level, the most progress has been made in reducing the proportion of underweight children, with that indicator decreasing by 5.9 points since 1990.
  • The ongoing food price crisis exacerbates hunger problems in many countries, cutting into poor households� food budgets, with particularly serious risks for undernourished infants and children under two. High prices also reduce the amount of food aid that donors can supply.

Regional Trends

  • As regions, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the worst scores (23.3 and 23.0, respectively) on the 2008 GHI.
  • Of the ten countries with the highest levels of hunger on the GHI, nine are in Sub-Saharan Africa. None of the Sub-Saharan African countries is amongst the ten most improved since 1990.

Country-level Trends

  • Mauritius has the best score (lowest level of hunger) on the 2008 GHI, followed by Jamaica, Moldova, Cuba, and Peru.
  • The countries that have made the most progress in reducing hunger since 1990, with the most improved GHI scores, are Kuwait, Peru, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, and Mexico.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the worst score (highest level of hunger), followed by Eritrea, Burundi, Niger, and Sierra Leone.
  • The GHI scores of the DRC, North Korea, Swaziland, Guinea-Bissau, and Zimbabwe actually increased (worsened) since 1990.
  • Eritrea and the DRC have the highest proportion of undernourished people, with 75 and 74 percent, respectively, of their populations being calorie deficient.
  • India, Yemen, and Timor-Leste, have the highest prevalence of underweight children (a measure of malnutrition) of more than 40 percent.
  • In Sierra Leone and Angola, more than one-fourth of all children die before the age of five, with child mortality rates of 27 and 26 percent, respectively, the highest of all GHI ranked countries.

The World's 10 Hungriest Countries

79 Angola
80 Yemen, Rep
81 Chad
82 Ethiopia
83 Liberia
84 Sierra Leone
85 Niger
86 Burundi
87 Eritrea (The world's 2nd Hungriest 'Country')
88 Congo, Dem. Rep.

Source: IPFRI


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Comment from: visitor [Visitor]

* The countries that have made the most progress in reducing hunger since 1990, with the most improved GHI scores, are Kuwait


Kuwait should not be on the list in first place with Gross annual income of more than $50,000 per person!!!!!!

10/14/08 @ 13:42
Comment from: afarman [Visitor]

I wonder what shaebiya’s may say here, the first step to tackle poverty is admitting it. Poverty isnt some thing thats shamefull, those who admit it can overcome it through hard work, those who don admitt its existence will continue to suffer beyound recognition.

Eritrea is now the second poorest country in the world, malnutrition is result of poverty. Ethiopia is tenth from the last. Its time to work hard and come of of the mess, there is no need to waste time on fueling hostilities. Its time to work hard and beat poverty.

10/14/08 @ 13:50
Comment from: Jegna [Visitor]

Let the fireworks begin!!!!! I can’t wait to see the name calling and battles on the comments section, on this lol

10/14/08 @ 13:56
Comment from: shalom [Visitor]


10/14/08 @ 13:57
Comment from: DON [Visitor]

It is sad indeed, for both Ethiopians, eritreans and the rest of the countries. Please do not politicize people starving on either end, in the end we are all God’s children.

10/14/08 @ 14:05
Comment from: visitor [Visitor]

One is no better than the other. Like they say back home…Kezenjero Konjo Yetu?

Now let’s see who is going to show his utter stupidly to tell us who doing great between the people of Ethiopia and Eritrea!!!

10/14/08 @ 14:06
Comment from: trust nobody [Visitor]
trust nobody

I love to see this things happing to
shabia dogs, when you guys finaly admits
you peolpe are poor, black (italiano)
agly, no food at all and give up at last
to Ethiopia rebecome 14th province of

10/14/08 @ 14:15
Comment from: philly [Visitor]

“IFPRI says that because the baseline data dates to 2006, “the rankings do not reflect the current crisis of rising food prices, but they do highlight which countries could be most vulnerable to the crisis.”

eritreans aren’t hungry or begging. give the money to tplf rats.

10/14/08 @ 14:18
Comment from: Ogadenian [Visitor]

Western countries they create wars and famine and yet act like they are surprised when they see starving children on the news.They (western) nations have endorsed dictators and murderer for African nations infact in some cases have plated against Democraticly elected Government in Africa and other parts of the world.I think we need to tell these Colonizers and Slave owners go to hell we do not need their help as long as they are assisted mass killers such as Males Zenawi.Can you imagine Males Zenawi recieving awards for his treatment of his fellow country men this is sexactly what the West is doing.The west is fully aware of the Genocide in Ogaden and are fully supporting does’nt that tell you they care less about as.

10/14/08 @ 14:19
Comment from: Ogadenian [Visitor]

Look at their faces I don’t see any one starving like most of Ethiopians are infact they are dressed well.This is baised news.Males is paying somebody of some else is paying the Time which is facing financial foes

10/14/08 @ 14:23
Comment from: Addis Girl [Visitor]
Addis Girl

Well, there is absolutely nothing as horrific, depressing as seeing human beings in such condition regardless of who they are. I honestly feel for Eritreans back home!

However, Eritrean refugees/Asylum seekers in the West are very well known for their nasty insults towards Ethiopians i.e. starving Ethiopians, Food Aid, etc wherever they have the opportunity as if they are any better. Now you have your home truth … the whole truth … nothing but the TRUTH! Your spastic leader can no longer hide or distort facts and make you deluded, pompous, narrow minded bunch of air heads who think Eritrea is in the G 8! I bet you were wondering why EsayASS wasn’t on the G-7 and IMF Finance forum the other days representing your wealthy country? 74% of a tiny population starving! Next time you open your mouth & mention the word hunger/Aid, think about your trillion times worse off peopel.

Same goes to evil Meles Zenawi starving his own people mostly on purpose!!! You morons cannot sustain power forever.

10/14/08 @ 14:42
Comment from: Thomas H [Visitor]
Thomas H

Hi Nazret administrator,
What is the photo showing? Is the baby gymnast from Kerkebet, Eritrea preparing for the next olympic?Wow! I think the Eritreans are planning to grab gold medal in gymnastic in the 2012 olympic.

10/14/08 @ 14:45
Comment from: Master Mind [Visitor]
Master Mind

Alhamdulillah Ethiopia is not part of this disaster while Eritrea is just Queen of it after DRC.

Sorry to say but I am more than happy to see Sara Leon, Angola and Congo whom have always thought Ethiopia is starving as a choice, let me tell you guys a history not older than 45 days.

On 23rd of September I left Iraq for my 4 days rest in Doha Qatar, there I met many people from all over the world, Doha is the city under construction on Persian Gulf to be the Middle East New York City that is where I met Mr. Mohammed who serve in the US Army who is originally from Sera Leon.
I missed one of the tour to the island then took a car to drive to Doha City Center for dinner and shopping Mr. Mohamed of Sara Leon was riding with me when he start opening his wide chimp mouth, An African American women was asking him where he was from when he start talking, it didn’t took him a second before he start bringing up his country’s’ war profile then turn around and ask me what is going on in Ethiopia well “Nothing worst is going on but we got an African Stereotypical government” that was my answer again Mr. Mohammed jumped, after his hyena laugh saying “Ethiopia is always starving county” again “Well Ethiopia could be starving due to natural disaster but when we look at your country, they kill each other like we kill monkeys and chimpanzees for fun” that was end of history at that point I thought Mr. Mohammed was going to jump through my window but it was just fun for him, he kept laughing then on I told him to “ZIP_UP” again laughing, sorry but I shouldn’t give you a ride Mr. Chimp let me get ride of you, I pulled over at the Doha City main stadium and told him to get off the car he try to argue but didn’t work, I had to leave him there not to see such a worthless chimp again.

Even when there was no functioning government in Ethiopia during the transition time in 1991, Ethiopians didn’t kill each other we are too matured to be in position of Sera Leaone and some other wet African chimps, I had similar experience with Angola and Zaire/Congo chimps which I don’t have time to say it here.


10/14/08 @ 14:50
Comment from: yitayal [Visitor]

The banda people, now tell us your crap! I will not be surprised to read your falsifying stories. Ay yebanda neger! Qorqoro hizb!

10/14/08 @ 15:02
Comment from: yetalian gered lij eritreawi [Visitor]
yetalian gered lij  eritreawi

“Eritrea and the DRC have the highest proportion of undernourished people, with 75 and 74 percent, respectively, of their populations being calorie deficient.”

this is rumor fabricated by the jealous weyanes.

10/14/08 @ 15:09

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