India 100th on global hunger index


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released ‘2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI): The inequalities of hunger’. According to 2017 GHI scores, the level of hunger in the world has decreased by 27 percent from the 2000 level.

This year’s report shines a light on the inequalities underlying hunger including geographic, income, and gender inequality and the inequalities of social, political, and economic power in which they are rooted.

India has a “serious” hunger problem and ranks 100th out of 119 countries on the global hunger index behind North Korea, Bangladesh and Iraq but ahead of Pakistan. The country’s serious hunger level is driven by high child malnutrition and underlines need for stronger commitment to the social sector. India stood at 97th position in last year’s rankings. India has the third highest score in all of Asia, only Afghanistan and Pakistan are ranked worse.

IFPRI pointed out that 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.