The 2015 Global Hunger Index (GHI), a report that tracks hunger around the world, listed Argentina as one of the six best-scoring countries in Latin America in terms of reducing hunger since 2000. This vast improvement — which, it should be noted, is the result of efforts begun in the ’90s — however in no way proves the fight is over, as national headlining news of a teenager’s death due to malnutrition in Chaco just last month reminds us.
The report, conducted by The International Food Policy Research Institute, Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide organizations, rates countries on a 0-100 scale: high GHI scores are bad and tend to come from countries currently in or recently out of war, the study states.
On the whole, Latin America has made strides in decreasing hunger. Along with Argentina, some of the lowest (best) scoring Latin American countries were Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Cuba, all scoring “less than 5″ points. Other countries such as Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay were given “moderate” scores and Guatemala scored the worst, at 21.1.
The report states that globally, developing countries have seen hunger levels drop by 27 percent since 2000.
Despite this optimistic tid bit, the report concludes that 52 of the 117 developing countries surveyed still have “serious” or “alarming” hunger levels. The worst were reported as the Central African Republic, at 46.9; Chad at 46.4; and Zambia at 41.1.
“The level of hunger in the world remains unacceptably high, with 795 million people still going hungry, more than one in four children affected by stunting, and nine percent of children affected by wasting,” the report states.
The GHI Index indicates that this year Argentina has solidified the “low” placement it was awarded a decade ago on the hunger scale. The nation’s score has been on a decline since 1990, with a sudden increase in drop of hunger levels between 1995 and 2000.