Nigeria has been positioned at 109th out of 125 countries in a recent global hunger index report, indicating a notable challenge with hunger within the country’s population.
“The GHI is intended to raise awareness and understanding of the struggle against hunger, provide a way to compare levels of hunger between countries and regions, and call attention to those areas of the world where hunger levels are highest and where the need for additional efforts to eliminate hunger is greatest,” the report noted.
The report highlighted that Nigeria ranked below countries like Sudan, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, North Korea, and Guinea.
Despite being the most populous African nation, Nigeria grapples with a record-high inflation rate of 28.92% and a food inflation rate of 33.93%. This inflation is driven by the escalating prices of staple food items, including oil and fat, meat, bread and cereals, potatoes, yam and other tubers, fish, and milk, cheese, and eggs.
The Global Hunger Index serves as a comprehensive tool for gauging and monitoring hunger at global, regional, and national levels. It assesses various dimensions of hunger over time, providing a thorough understanding of the issue.
The report sheds light on the GHI calculation process, underlining that the score for each country is determined through a formula that integrates four indicators. This methodology aims to comprehensively capture the diverse facets of hunger.