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India ranks 100 among 119 countries in Global Hunger Index
Posted on: 13-10-2017 , 01:49:PM | DY365 Bureau

 PIC COURTESY- India.com

October 13, 2017: India ranks 100th out 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index released on Thursday. On the Global Hunger Index severity scale, India is at the high end of the “serious” category, owing mainly to the fact that one in every five children under age 5 is “wasted” (low weight for height).

IFPRI said in a statement that India’s poor performance brings to the fore the disturbing reality of the country’s stubbornly high proportions of malnourished children—more than one-fifth of Indian children under five weigh too little for their height and over a third are too short for their age.
Data from the report showed that India’s rank (100) was lower than all its neighbours—Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Bangladesh (88), Sri Lanka (84) and China (29)—except Pakistan (106). Even North Korea (93) and Iraq (78) fared better in hunger parameters and GHI rankings.
The GHI score is a multidimensional index composed of four indicators—proportion of undernourished in the population, prevalence of child mortality, child stunting, and child wasting. On the severity scale, a GHI score of less than 10 means “low” prevalence of hunger while a score of more than 50 implies an “extremely alarming” situation.
Since 2000, global GHI scores have declined by 27%, yet one in nine people still go hungry around the world, the report said.
On India, the report said that the country’s top 1% own more than 50% of its wealth, India is the world’s second largest food producer, yet it is also home to the second highest population of under-nourished in the world.
 
 

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