2010 Global Hunger Index: Facts and Findings: Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Burundi, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Eritrea have the greatest levels of hunger.

  • Angola, Chad, and Somalia have the highest under-five mortality rates at 20 percent or more.

  • More than 50 percent of people in Burundi, the Comoros, the DRC, and Eritrea are undernourished.

  • In Burundi, Madagascar, and Malawi, 53 percent of children are stunted (low height for their age); in Ethiopia and Rwanda, the figure stands at 51 percent; and in Niger, 47 percent of children are stunted.

  • More than one-third (34 percent) of Mali’s children are stunted, and 11 percent suffer from wasting (low weight for one’s height). Stunting levels were nearly the same in 1996, and the prevalence of wasting has more than doubled.

  • Based on the 1990 and 2010 GHI scores, the DRC has experienced the greatest deterioration in hunger, largely because of conflict and political instability. The DRC also has the highest proportion of undernourished people—three-quarters of the population—and one of the highest child mortality rates in the world.

Published date: 
2010
Publisher: 
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
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