Global Hunger Index: India ranks 97 out of 118 countries; 15% of country’s population undernourished
A new report on hunger found that one in three children in India has stunted growth, whereas 15% of the country’s population is undernourished.
The 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) that was released on Tuesday said 38.7% of Indian children under five years are stunted due to lack of food. The report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), also ranked India 97 among 118 countries, faring worse than all its neighbours China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (75), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (90), except for Pakistan (107) in measures of hunger. The report said that while hunger levels in developing countries have fallen 29% since 2000, efforts to curb hunger must be accelerated in order to meet an international target to eradicate it by 203.Hunger levels are “alarming” in seven countries, with Central African Republic (CAR), Chad and Zambia experiencing the worst levels, said the report. The report also said that another 43 countries, including India, Nigeria and Indonesia, have “serious” hunger levels. At the current rate of decline, more than 45 countries – including India, Pakistan, Haiti, Yemen, and Afghanistan – will have “moderate” to “alarming” hunger scores in the year 2030, the authors of the index said.