The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a peer-reviewed yearly assessment report meant to thoroughly measure and monitor hunger at the global, regional, and national levels, with the goal of inciting action to eliminate global hunger. Bangladesh has shown tremendous success in eradicating hunger from society as it consistently secures a better position in the index compared to its neighboring countries over the last few years. Besides hunger, Bangladesh has also made headways in other different indicators such as human development, poverty eradication, and happiness indexes. Bangladesh has become a role model for other developing nations to follow in ensuring human security. However, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, climate change, and the absence of a proper healthcare system may hamper Bangladesh’s overall progress which needs more attention to be solved.
Global Hunger Index 2022 and Bangladesh
GHI is a joint initiative by Concern Worldwide and Germany’s Welthungerhilfe. On a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the best score which means no hunger, and 100 is the worst possible score. Undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality are the four determinants based on which the score is determined. The GHI categorizes the scores into five severity levels: low (scores of 9.9 or less), moderate (10.0–19.9), serious (20.0–34.9), alarming (35.0–49.9), and highly alarming (scores of 49.9 or above).
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– Muhammad Estiak Hussian is a Research Intern of the KRF Center for Bangladesh and Global Affairs (CBGA).
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