India ranks 102 in hunger index

India is ranked 102 of 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2019, behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The report, prepared jointly by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organisation Welt Hunger Hilfe termed the level of hunger in India “serious”.

In 2018, India was ranked 103 out of 119 countries. In 2000, the country was ranked 83 out of 113 countries.

The Global Hunger Index score is calculated on four indicators — undernourishment; child wasting, that is the share of children under the age of five who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition; child stunting, that is children under the age of five who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition; and child mortality, the mortality rate of children under five years.

The share of wasting among children in India rose from 16.5% in the 2008-2012 period to 20.8 per cent in 2014-2018, according to the report.

Poor diet

Just 9.6% of all children between 6 and 23 months of age are fed a “minimum acceptable diet”, it said.

“India’s child wasting rate is extremely high at 20.8%, the highest for any country in this report,” it said.

Neighbouring countries like Nepal (73), Sri Lanka (66), Bangladesh (88), Myanmar (69) and Pakistan (94) are also in the ‘serious’ hunger category.

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