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Global Hunger Index Shows Progress, But Malnutrition Still Plagues Some Countries

In the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI), released this week, “[t]he organizations that compile the index — the International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFRI), Concern Worldwide and Welt Hunger Hilfe — say that 23 out of the 120 countries they track have made significant progress, improving their scores by 50 percent or more over the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) baseline from 1990,” IRIN reports. “Among the top 10 in terms of progress are Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger, along with Bangladesh, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam,” the news service notes, adding, “But amid the general improvement, many countries are still struggling,” including Burundi, Eritrea, the Comoros, and Swaziland (10/16). Though the overall “GHI score has fallen by 34 percent from the 1990 GHI score … 870 million people remain chronically malnourished worldwide,” the Australia News Network writes (10/16). “The report that accompanies this year’s Global Hunger Index focuses on ‘building resilience to achieve food and nutrition security,'” IRIN notes (10/16).