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Synopsis: Global Hunger Index 2016

The findings of GHI 2016 at a glance

The developing world’s 2016 GHI fell by 29 percent from the 2000 GHI, from a score of 30.0 to 21.3. These global averages, however, mask dramatic differences among regions and countries.



Africa south of the Sahara and South Asia have the highest 2016 GHI scores, at 30.1 and 29.0, respectively, reflecting serious levels of hunger.

The 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) report—the eleventh in an annual series—presents a multidimensional measure of national, regional, and global hunger. It shows that the world has made progress in reducing hunger since 2000, but still has a long way to go, with levels of hunger still serious or alarming in 50 countries. This year’s report hails a new paradigm of international development proposed in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisages Zero Hunger by 2030, as one goal among 17, in a holistic, integrated, and transformative plan for the world.

Synopsis: Global Hunger Index 2016
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