Kathmandu: A study has shown that Nepal’s progress in hunger is improving.
The ‘Global Hunger Index Report 2020’ prepared by the Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that Nepal has gone from risky to moderate.
According to a public report at a program organized in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Nepal is ranked 73rd out of 107 countries in the World Hunger List 2020. And Nepal has scored 19.5.
According to the report, Nepal’s GHI index in 2000 was 37.4. It gradually declined to 31.0 in 2006, 22.8 in 2012 and 19.5 in 2020.
“This is a moderate situation, not a state of extreme hunger and starvation,” said Jit Ram Lama, president of the NGO Federation of Nepal. According to the report, India’s GHI index in South Asia is 27.2. Pakistan’s index is 24.6 and Bangladesh’s is 20.4.
The goal is to reduce it to zero by 2030
Nepal aims to reduce hunger to zero by 2030. However, achieving this goal is challenging, said Pushparaj Kandel, vice-chairman of the National Planning Commission.
‘There are many challenges in achieving the goal. Facing the challenges, we are striving to reduce hunger to zero by 2030, ”he said.
Hunger rates are higher in more than 50 countries
The report states that hunger rates are high in more than 50 countries. Of these, 14 countries, including Haiti, Madagascar, Liberia and Venezuela, are facing severe hunger, with a quarter to half of the population suffering from hunger.
However, in 2012, the hunger index in 46 countries, which were in moderate, severe and critical conditions, gradually declined.