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Mon Oct 12, 2015, 07:20 AM

Nearly 800 million people suffering from hunger worldwide: report


A new report on global hunger says that despite advances, some 795 million people are going hungry or suffering from malnutrition. It says more than one in four children is chronically malnourished.

Nearly 800 million people suffering from hunger worldwide: report

The Global Hunger Index released on Monday in Berlin by German charity Welthungerhilfe, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the aid organization Concern Worldwide said that armed conflicts were now the main reason for food shortages.

"Conflicts such as those in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan are the biggest drivers of starvation," said Welthungerhilfe President Bärbel Dieckmann, noting that an estimated 172 million people were affected by war worldwide.

The Index showed that eight of the 117 countries included in the study had "very serious" hunger problems. Most of these countries are in sub-Saharan Africa, with the biggest reported problems being in the Central African Republic, Chad and Zambia.

Countries such as Eritrea, Burundi and Sudan, which were all classified as having serious food shortages in the 2014 report, were missing from this year's list owing to a lack of data on malnutrition.

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