Time is dwindling to meet the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations’ blueprint to tackle an array of large-scale global problems by a target date of 2015. One of those goals, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, has seen progress, but there’s still work to be done.
According to the International Food Policy Research Institute’s 2014 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released last week, hunger in developing countries has decreased by 39% since 1990. However, the global state of hunger remains in the “serious” category — the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that 805 million people continue to go hungry around the world.
In fact, Burundi and Eritrea fall into the “extremely alarming” category of hunger (the highest level), while 14 other countries’ levels of hunger are “alarming.”
The following chart, created by statistics portal Statista, shows the countries with the worst hunger levels based on three unweighted averages (hence why some numbers look like they exceed 100%): the percentage of the population that is undernourished, percentage of children under five who are underweight and the under-five mortality rate.