It’s Not China Any More

Daily chart: Empty stomachs | The Economist.

When I was little my parents would urge me to clean my plate by saying “think of all the starving children in China.”  Well, they’re not in China anymore.

The Global Hunger Index, devised by the International Food Policy Research Institute, a think-tank based in Washington, DC, tracks the progress in combating hunger and undernourishment, which includes the quality as well as the quantity of a diet.

And hunger and malnourishment have shifted.

While the overall world index has decreased by 34% since 1990, some 19 countries—with a total population of 1.6 billion—are classified as having “alarming” or “extremely alarming” levels of hunger. Most are in Africa and Asia, where natural disasters and climate change make places there particularly vulnerable to food scarcity.

The good news is that more people are getting what they need to live.  The bad news is that there are still over a billion and a half people who don’t get enough to eat.    Is this the result of global policies, or local problems?  and  What can we do about this?  Can we help?

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