Washington, DC -Thirty-three countries
around the world have alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger,
according to the 2008 Global Hunger Index. The Democratic Republic of Congo
scored the worst on the Index, followed by Eritrea, Burundi, Niger, Sierra
Leone, Liberia, and Ethiopia.
The Global Hunger Index is being released
for World Food Day (October 16) for the third year in a row by the International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), in conjunction with Welthungerhilfe
(formerly known as German Agro-Action) and Concern Worldwide.