Sub-Sahara’s Stubborn Hunger Crisis

In 30 of 38 sub-Saharan African countries, hunger remains “unacceptably common,” making the region the most undernourished in the developing world.

The Global Hunger Index: Africa edition, based on 2016 data, measured rates of undernourishment, children under 5 who are underweight or afflicted by stunting, and child mortality rate.

Like all African countries scored, the sub-Saharan region’s undernourishment has improved since 2000. Still, only 3 of 42 countries scored “low” on hunger; 28 had “serious” hunger problems.

To curb hunger, the Index suggests nurturing struggling smallholder farms, mobilizing political will and harnessing mobile phones as data hives.


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