Human Development Data for the Arab States

Prevalence of undernourishment (% of population)

Population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption (also referred to as prevalence of undernourishment) shows the percentage of the population whose food intake is insufficient to meet dietary energy requirements continuously. Data showing as 2.5 signifies a prevalence of undernourishment below 2.5%.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (http://www.fao.org/faostat/foodsecurity/index_en.htm).


Country/Region 2000 2008
Algeria 5 5
Comoros 52.3 47
Djibouti 42.5 26
Egypt 5 5
Jordan 5 5
Kuwait 5.8 5
Lebanon 5 5
Libya 5 5
Mauritania 8.3 8
Morocco 6 5
Occupied Palestinian Territory 13.8 21
Saudi Arabia 5 5
Sudan 28.3 22
Syrian Arab Republic 5 5
Tunisia 5 5
United Arab Emirates 5 5
Yemen 31 30
Arab States 10.5 9.7
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) 12.3 11.2
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) 7.1 6
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) 10.6 8.9
Least Developed Countries: UN classification 34.7 28.9
OECD Members 5 5
South Asia 21 20.3
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) 26.8 22.2
World 13.9 12.9


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