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Global Hunger Index: Calamitous famines vanish, hunger levels decline but 795 million hungry

  • FILE - In this  Saturday, July 9, 2011 file photo, a mother feeds her malnourished child, at a health center in the drought-stricken Ethiopian Somali region also known as the Ogaden. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, according to a new report. The study, part of the 2015 Global Hunger Index published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 says it's one of the "unheralded achievements" of the last 50 years: the elimination of calamitous famines that cause more than 1 million deaths, and reduction "almost to a vanishing point" of great famines, which cause more than 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/ Luc van Kamenade File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, July 9, 2011 file photo, a mother feeds her malnourished child, at a health center in the drought-stricken Ethiopian Somali region also known as the Ogaden. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, according to a new report. The study, part of the 2015 Global Hunger Index published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 says it's one of the "unheralded achievements" of the last 50 years: the elimination of calamitous famines that cause more than 1 million deaths, and reduction "almost to a vanishing point" of great famines, which cause more than 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/ Luc van Kamenade File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, Turkana people wait in a line to receive food during a famine from Oxfam in central Turkana district, Kenya. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, according to a new report. The study, part of the 2015 Global Hunger Index published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 says it's one of the "unheralded achievements" of the last 50 years: the elimination of calamitous famines that cause more than 1 million deaths, and reduction "almost to a vanishing point" of great famines, which cause more than 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Tobin Jones, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 file photo, Turkana people wait in a line to receive food during a famine from Oxfam in central Turkana district, Kenya. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, according to a new report. The study, part of the 2015 Global Hunger Index published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 says it's one of the "unheralded achievements" of the last 50 years: the elimination of calamitous famines that cause more than 1 million deaths, and reduction "almost to a vanishing point" of great famines, which cause more than 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Tobin Jones, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE-- In this Friday Aug. 5 2011 file photo,  newly arrived Somali family carry their supply of aid outside Dadaab, eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, according to a new report. The study, part of the 2015 Global Hunger Index published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 says it's one of the "unheralded achievements" of the last 50 years: the elimination of calamitous famines that cause more than 1 million deaths, and reduction "almost to a vanishing point" of great famines, which cause more than 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay-File)

    FILE-- In this Friday Aug. 5 2011 file photo, newly arrived Somali family carry their supply of aid outside Dadaab, eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. Calamitous famines appear to have vanished from the planet, but more must be done to eradicate all such scourges, including redrafting U.S. terror legislation that inhibits life-saving humanitarian work, according to a new report. The study, part of the 2015 Global Hunger Index published Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 says it's one of the "unheralded achievements" of the last 50 years: the elimination of calamitous famines that cause more than 1 million deaths, and reduction "almost to a vanishing point" of great famines, which cause more than 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay-File)  (The Associated Press)

A new report says calamitous famines appear to have vanished and hunger levels are declining but 795 million people don't get enough to eat.

The 2015 Global Hunger Index published Monday says hunger levels remain serious or alarming in 52 of 117 countries scored, with armed conflicts that cause refugees the main culprit.

The people most hungry in the world live in sub-Saharan Africa, in Chad, Central African Republic and, surprisingly, in relatively peaceful Zambia, according to the report.

It says: "While the end of calamitous famines (which kill 1 million or more) is a tremendous achievement, our work is not done. Much more must happen before acute and chronic hunger can be conquered."

The report is jointly published by the International Food Policy Research Institute, Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.