The Global Hunger Index (GHI-2022) report ranks Pakistan 99th among 121 countries.Over the years, Pakistan’s GHI score has decreased from 38.1 in 2006 to 26.1 in 2022, highlighting the persisting issue of hunger.
The report highlights the compounding impact of armed conflicts, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to nearly 828 million people experiencing hunger worldwide. Worryingly, the report predicts that 46 countries may not achieve even a low level of hunger reduction by 2030. Regions like South Asia face the highest hunger levels, with increased rates of child stunting and wasting. Pakistan’s current GHI score of 26.1 underscores the serious nature of the problem. Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide publish the annual GHI report to raise awareness about the fight against hunger. Aisha Jamshed, Welthungerhilfe’s Country Director, emphasizes their commitment to supporting food-insecure communities. They aim to build resilience through collaboration with civil society, government, and the private sector.
Shafat Ali, Director of the Local Government and Community Development Department (LGCDD) in Punjab, emphasizes the importance of citizen participation. His insights highlight the need for collective efforts and a nuanced understanding of the community’s dynamics to bring about effective change. Stakeholders at all levels must involve local voices and capacities to ensure access to nutritious food is governed effectively. Helene Paust, Deputy Head of Development Cooperation in the German Mission (Pakistan), lauds the efforts against hunger. She also provides specific sector-based and political recommendations. The GHI report serves as a reminder of the urgent need for comprehensive actions to combat hunger effectively.