No. 5 Zambia
Food insecurity is a regular concern for the sub-Saharan nation of Zambia, as drought, disease, poverty and poor infrastructure constantly put the country on the verge of malnutrition and starvation. Rural poverty, according to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals Indicator, has been especially high in Zambia throughout the years, leaving poor, rural farmers the task of handling bipolar dry and wet seasons, brush fires and antiquated farming techniques and tools. But things appear to be on the upswing for this African country. The International Monetary Fund recently gave Zambia a clean economic bill of health for 2011, as continued economic growth, coupled with a strong harvest season, has given Zambia reason for optimism. The capital city of Lusaka, to its credit, has been working to rehabilitate basic infrastructure, such as roads and crop storage facilities, so that crops can be better preserved and shipped. Global Top 5s is a monthly feature by RealClearWorld.com powered by Gallup's worldwide research. Learn more at Gallup.com.