South Africa: Prevalence of undernourishment

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 South Africa

Prevalence of undernourishment, percent of population

 Latest value 7.90
 Year 2021
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2001 - 2021
 Average 4.98
 Min - Max 3.40 - 7.90
 Source The Food and Agriculture Organization
For that indicator, we provide data for South Africa from 2001 to 2021. The average value for South Africa during that period was 4.98 percent with a minimum of 3.4 percent in 2004 and a maximum of 7.9 percent in 2021. The latest value from 2021 is 7.9 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 167 countries is 10.78 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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South Africa - Prevalence of undernourishment - Recent values chart

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South Africa - Prevalence of undernourishment - historical chart - 2001-2021




Definition: Prevalence of undernourishments is the percentage of the population whose habitual food consumption is insufficient to provide the dietary energy levels that are required to maintain a normal active and healthy life. Data showing as 2.5 may signify a prevalence of undernourishment below 2.5%.

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