Severe Hunger in India: India Ranked 100 in 119 Countries

Poor Children in India's capital New Delhi. Photo: Rakesh Raman
Poor Children in India’s capital New Delhi. Photo: Rakesh Raman

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A global report on world’s hunger reveals that India has a “serious” hunger problem and lags behind many developing countries.

The global hunger index (GHI) report released Thursday (October 12, 2017) by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has placed India at No. 100 among 119 developing countries.

The report reveals that India (at rank 100) comes below many of its neighbouring countries such as China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Sri Lank (84) and Bangladesh (88). However, it is ahead of Pakistan (106) and Afghanistan (107). North Korea is ranked 93rd and Iraq is at No. 78.

It also says since three-quarters of South Asia’s population resides in India, the situation in the country strongly influences South Asia’s regional score.

At 31.4, India’s 2017 GHI score is at the high end of the serious category. According to 2015–2016 survey data, more than a fifth (21 percent) of children in India suffer from wasting.

Only three other countries in this year’s GHI – Djibouti, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan – have data or estimates showing child wasting above 20 percent in the latest period (2012–2016).

Further, according to the report, India’s child wasting rate has not substantially improved over the past 25 years.

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