MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman, Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Leni Robredo, and World Food Programme (WFP) country director Praveen Agrawal.
Is it possible to see an end to hunger in the Philippines?
Statistics say that though the state of hunger in the country is improving, an end to the problem is still a long way off. Based on a scale by the Global Hunger Index (GHI) where a score of 0 denotes no hunger and 100 denotes hunger, the Philippines scored 13.2 in 2013. An improvement from 1990’s score of 19.9, the number is still categorized as “serious.” The country ranks 28th most hungry in the world overall. (READ: The 2013 Global Hunger Index)
The 2013 World Food Insecurity Report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also shows alarming figures: 15.6 million Filipinos were undernourished from 2011 to 2013.
The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology also said that 69.3% of Filipinos self-reported food insecurity in 2011. (READ: How food insecurity threatens us)
In 2013, the Philippines was the 10th country in the world most affected by wasting or substantial weight loss, according to UNICEF. (READ: Where does the PH stand in its fight vs hunger?)
Who is responsible for hunger? How does politics affect those in need? How does the country compare globally in terms of hunger? What can we do as ordinary citizens to address the issue?
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