Not enough food on the plate

By: Southeast Asia Globe editorial - Posted on: October 13, 2015 | Current Affairs

Even as incomes rise across the region, many are still going hungry, according to a new report

Levels of hunger are “alarming” or “serious” in 52 countries in the world, according to the latest Global Hunger Index, released in conjunction with NGOs Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide along with the International Food Policy Research Institute.

A screenshot of the Global Hunger Index's interactive map
A screenshot of the Global Hunger Index’s interactive map


Among those 52 countries, five are in Southeast Asia. Timor-Leste’s hunger levels fall into the alarming category and, despite a roaring economy, levels in the Philippines are categorised as serious. Indonesia, Myanmar and Laos also fall in this category.

And, even though it has a goal of reaching developed-nation status by 2020, levels of hunger in Malaysia are still at the same level – ‘moderate” – as Vietnam and even Cambodia, which three decades ago was experiencing widespread famine.

Find a link to the interactive map here