Djibouti has made the most progress tackling hunger over the last 25 years, with 15.9% of the population undernourished today, compared to 74.8% in 1990-92.

World Food Day – a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) event – is on 16 October. The event aims to increase awareness of global food production and scarcity.

The following graph shows those countries that have made the most progress in tackling undernutrition, and uses FAO data. It shows the percentage point change in the proportion of the population who were undernourished between 1990-92 and 2014-2016.

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Following Djibouti is Angola, which has seen levels of undernourishment decline by 49.3 percentage points. The top 3 is completed by Georgia, just 0.2 percentage points lower.

Food scarcity and the resulting undernourishment in Djibouti is the result of, amongst other factors, recurrent drought, resulting in livestock losses, and a climate unsuited to crop production. The World Food Programme has been working hard to tackle hunger in the country, through aid, but also education and training programmes, designed to improve self-sufficiency.

Figures for Ghana and Kuwait only reflect the minimum progress made, as the FAO does not provide exact figures below 5%.

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Author: Joe Myers is a Digital Content Producer at Formative Content.

Image: A cob of corn is seen in a field during a harvest near the village of Sartichala, outside Tbilisi. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili