Six African countries led in chronological order by the Central African Republic, Chad, and Zambia are among the 10 hungriest nations in the world, according to the latest Global Hunger Index.– SOURCE : ANA
Government has disputed the latest Global Hunger Index ranking of Zambia as the third hungriest nation in the world.
Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has questioned which parameter the World Hunger Index used to rank Zambia as one of the hungriest country in the world.
Mr. Lubinda says Zambia country is food secure, adding that the country has not witnessed anyone die of hunger.
Speaking in a telephone interview, Mr. Lubinda has since challenged the World Hunger Index to explain the criteria used to place Zambia as the third ranked hungriest nation in the world.
The Global Hunger Index 2015, released this week, shows the only non-African countries on the list of the world’s top 10 hungriest nations are East Timor (4th), Haiti (6th), Afghanistan (8th), and Yemen (10th).
The African nations of Niger, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone completed the list of the top 10 hungriest nations in the world. Pakistan was ranked 11th, followed by the African nations of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Nigeria, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, and Liberia.
The Central Asian nation of Tajikistan is ranked 21st followed by Rwanda, Guinea Bissau, and Mali, which are ranked ahead of India, which is the 25th hungriest nation in the world. Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Benin, Togo, Botswana, Cameroon, Lesotho, and Kenya are listed among Africa’s better nourished nations.
Up to 52 developing countries were found to be facing “serious to alarming” levels of hunger, with war and conflict blamed for the high prevalence of starvation, hunger, and malnutrition in most of them.
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