At the current rate, global hunger isn't going away any time soon.
The most recent Global Hunger Index, published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, found that the global community is not on course to end hunger by the UN's goal of 2030.
The report found that if hunger declines at the same rate as the report finds it has since 1992, more than 45 countries will still have 'moderate' to 'alarming' scores in 2030.
The Central African Republic, Chad, and Zambia had the highest levels of hunger in the report, while seven countries had 'alarming' levels of hunger.
The hungriest countries on the index were as follows:
The report did find some positives however - the level of hunger in developing countries fell 29 per cent since 2000. Twenty countries reduced their index scores by over 50 per cent each since 2000, and for the second year in a row no developing countries were found to be in the 'extremely alarming' category.
IFPRI Director General Shenggen Fan said:
Simply put, countries must accelerate the pace at which they are reducing hunger or we will fail to achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal.
Ending global hunger is certainly possible, but it’s up to all of us that we set the priorities right to ensure that governments, the private sector and civil society devote the time and resources necessary to meet this important goal