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Prevalence of undernourishment as a share of population


In 2016, prevalence of undernourishment in South Africa was 6.1 %. In the ranking by prevalence of undernourishment including 163 countries, South Africa has the 155th rank that is close to the positions of such countries as Sierra Leone and the Sudan. Compared to Australia which at the top of the ranking with prevalence of undernourishment of 2.5 % in 2016, South Africa has 144.00 % percent higher prevalence of undernourishment.

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What is prevalence of undernourishment?

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 5 signifies a prevalence of undernourishment below 5%.