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Political and Economic Crisis: Pakistan Ranks 99th in Hunger-Stricken Countries

Washington: As a result of the ongoing political and economic crisis in the country, Pakistan has reached the 99th position among hunger-stricken nations.

According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report for 2022, Pakistan ranks 99th out of 129 countries worldwide that are facing hunger. The reasons behind this alarming situation include not only the political and economic crisis but also the lack of equal opportunities and purchasing power for the general population.

According to international organizations, Pakistan’s GHI score for 2022 stands at 26.1, indicating a worsening situation even in the initial six months of the current year. This score is much higher compared to the records of 2007 and 2000, which were 32.1 and 36.8, respectively. The worst score was in 2014, with 29.6, but in 2022, this record was broken, pushing Pakistan further down the rankings.

The Global Hunger Index’s report also warns that at least 46 countries, including Pakistan, are unlikely to gain control over food shortages by 2030, according to estimates.

A joint report by the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization had previously revealed the shocking revelation that over 8 million people in Pakistan will face “extremely severe food scarcity.”

The political and economic crises are cited as key reasons for Pakistan’s low ranking in the Global Hunger Index.

The report highlights that wars, conflicts, climate changes, and the COVID-19 pandemic have left millions of people victims of food scarcity in 2022. South Asia is the region worst affected by food shortages, with the highest rate of stunting among children. It also has the highest rate of child wasting, surpassing any other region in the world.