Students have lunch at an elementary school in Ha Tinh province in 2019. (Photo by VnExpress/Duc Hung)
The index, released this week by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organization Welthungerhilfe, gives Vietnam a score of 13.6 out of 100. This is classified as ‘moderate’ on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) severity scale.
The report measured 107 countries and territories to compare the levels of hunger between countries and regions. The higher a country’s GHI score, the worse off it is. A score of 0 would indicate zero hunger in the country.
The score was calculated based on four indicators, undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child mortality.
Vietnam has made substantial improvements in the global hunger ranking over the past two decades. The nation’s child stunting rate has been cut from nearly 43 percent to nearly 24 percent between 2002 and 2019. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s GHI has a higher rank than the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste while trailing Thailand and Malaysia.
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