Malaysia scored moderately for hunger on the 2022 Global Hunger Index, with a slight increase in the hunger index from 10.9 in 2014 to 12.5 in 2022, most likely reflecting an increase in food insecurity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alongside the pandemic, there is a relationship between food insecurity and poverty.
The minimum wage in Malaysia is RM1,500, despite the fact that the Department of Statistics reports that the country's poverty line income is RM2,208.
Low-income families with single working parents and those earning RM1,500 monthly may find that their household earnings are insufficient to sustain a stable life as prices of food and other necessities keep increasing. To guarantee that the nation always has a sufficient food supply, even during emergencies like the pandemic, increasing domestic food production is crucial in this circumstance.
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