Issue Brief on “The Global Hunger Index 2022: Pakistan’s Persistent Hunger Crisis”


Pakistan has been ranked 99th out of 126 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report released in July 2023.[1] The report reveals that Pakistan’s score has dropped from 38.1 in 2006 to 26.1 in 2022, yet the level of hunger is described as “serious”.

At the global level, the intertwining of armed conflicts, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a situation where millions are at risk of experiencing food shortages. The report further predicts that by 2030, as many as 46 countries will fall short of attaining a state of “minimal hunger,” let alone achieving complete eradication of hunger. The regions that remain vulnerable to the highest hunger level are Africa and South Asia; with South Asia having the highest child stunting rate, and by far the highest child stunting and wasting rate of any world region.

Global Hunger Progress is at a Near Standstill: Eradicating Hunger: Goal 2 of the SDGs

As the combination of malnutrition challenges—undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and obesity—puts the health, advancement, and development of young individuals at risk, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goal 2 spires to eradicate hunger, ensure food security, enhance nutrition, and advance sustainable agriculture by the year 2030.

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