the latest global hunger index report estimates two billion people worldwide suffer from "hidden hunger." people who suffer from hidden hunger have enough to eat, but the quality of their food is low. the report warns that food quality is just as important as quantity.
the index is published yearly by the international food policy research institute and two other groups. it records levels of hunger in 120 developing countries and in countries that are changing.
it lists the countries by the percentage of the population who do not get enough food, children younger than five years old who weigh less than they should and the death rate of children under five.
the report says ten of the 14 countries with the worst scores are located south of the saharan desert in africa. that is also where the two countries with the worst scores -- burundi and eritrea -- are. the report says rates of hunger and death there is, in its words, "extremely alarming."
the report says more than 60 percent of the people of burundi and eritrea are undernourished. and angola, chad, and sierra leone have the highest rates of children under five dying.
in swaziland, people suffer from food insecurity and high unemployment because of lack of rain. the report says the percentage of people who are undernourished has doubled in the past ten years and the expected life of people there has fallen by ten years since 1990.
but the news was not all bad. the report said the number of children under age five who die in sub-saharan africa has dropped since 2000, probably because of a decrease in malaria rates and increasing income.