Cameroon took the 15th place in Africa (42 countries) and 80th in the world (118 countries) in the Global Hunger Index 2016, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRI).
This annual ranking, focuses on the Sustainable Development Goals to completely eradicate malnutrition in the world by 2030, according to list countries by their undernourished population.
With a 40.3 index in 2000 and 22.9 in 2016, Cameroon, revealed the Global Hunger Index 2016, is among the countries having managed the feat to reduce over 45% the proportion of its malnutrition victim population over the last 15 years. This performance had already been welcomed in June 2015 by FAO. Indeed, this specialized branch of the United Nations had awarded on June 8, 2015, a diploma to the Cameroon Ministry of Agriculture, for successfully achieving the first Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) even before the 2015 deadline.
This MDG was to reduce the proportion of people affected by hunger. “You have overcome great challenges in global economic conditions and difficult political environments,” indicated the DG of FAO, the Brazilian Graziano da Silva, unveiling the list of 13 countries in the world affected by this recognition from FAO. Among these countries welcomed by FAO, we also found Gabon, a CEMAC country that outperforms Cameroon in the Global Hunger Index 2016 and first country in Central Africa in the rankings. Gabon is among the top 5 Africa and points to rank 54th in the world.
Chad and the Central African Republic, two other countries of the CEMAC zone are at the tail of this ranking. However, it is noted that countries such as Burundi, Cape Verde, Comoros, DR Congo, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Sao Tome, Somalia, South Sudan and North Sudan were not included in this ranking in 2016 for lack of necessary information, we learn.