Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hunger in sub-Saharan Africa

The 2009 Global Hunger Index reveals the disturbing reality that hunger is on the rise again in the region. Although GHI declined overall in sub Saharan Africa, nearly all the countries in which the GHI rose since 1990 are in the region. Both in the DRC and in Burundi the GHI has reached alarmingly high levels.

The report states as reasons for this growing food insecurity: government ineffectiveness, conflict, political instability and high rates of HIV and AIDS, noting that the financial crises adds to the vulnerability of the hungry. The report further argues that reducing gender inequality is an important part of the solution to global hunger.

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