India ranked 94th country among 118 countries in the hunger index. It comes under the ‘serious’ hunger category, followed by Rwanda, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Liberia, Mozambique, Chad, and many others.
In India about 14% of the population is undernourished. It scores the lowest rank in child wasting (low weight for height that reflects the acute undernutrition) and stunting (low height for the age that reflects the chronic undernutrition).
India’s global hunger index
India ranked 102 among 118 countries last year. The data showed that India has progressed since 2010. It ranked 32.2 in 2010, 31.1 in 2018, 30.3 in 2019, and 27. 2 this year. Maybe India is progressing towards enlisting under the ‘moderate’ category.
Although it is progressing, the child stunting rate has been recorded as 37.4% (which has improved since 2000 as it was recorded 54%, then). On the other hand, the child wasting rate has not improved, and it has recorded as 17.3%.
India has improved in child mortality rates and undernourishment rates, which is 3.7% and 14%, respectively.
The Global Hunger Index
The Global Hunger Index is a tool to measure the hunger factor globally, as well as by region and country.
The GHI evaluates according to four parameters, undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality (the mortality rate of children under the age of five).
The outbreak of the virus
The countries that were progressing in the hunger factor got disrupted because of the outbreak of the virus.
The pandemic situation made over 690 million people undernourished globally. The COVID-19 has made it clear that the food systems globally can never meet the desired amount for the people to reach the second sustainable development goal, ‘Zero Hunger’.
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