In what can be said as an embarrassing revealing for India the Global Hunger Index 2019 ranked India at 102 place out of 117 countries. India was placed 103 on the list last year.
In the 2019 Global Hunger Index, India ranks 102nd out of 117 qualifying countries. With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a level of hunger that is serioushttps://t.co/jZBCQAUkj1— Anurag chaurasia (@AnuragICAR) October 17, 2019
Interestingly the data came on the occasion of World Food Day. India’s rank in the index puts her behind her neighbours like Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. This year 17 countries shared the top position on the index.
Countries like Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba, and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores of less than five. The report termed India’s level of hunger “serious”.
Conflict and war-ridden nations like Djibouti and Yemen fared better than India in terms of wasting of children. Though countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan were categorized in the “serious” category along with India they fared better in terms of feeding their citizens.
Pakistan ranked 94 on the index while Bangladesh and Nepal were placed at 88th and 73rd position respectively. The Island nation of Sri Lanka was placed 66th and was under ‘moderate’ severity category.
India’s BRICS partner China was placed at the 25th position and fell under the ‘low’ severity category. However, there was not all negatives for India on the report.
India did well on indicators like under-5 mortality rate, prevalence of stunting among children and prevalence of undernourishment owing to inadequate food.
The report also exposed the reality of Swachh Bharat program, saying open defecation is still being practiced in India. Adding to it the report said that this can jeopardize the population’s health and consequently, children’s growth and development as their ability to absorb nutrients is compromised.
India has a lot of work to do on Hunger front as its rank has fared low in consecutive years. India was placed 83rd on the index two decades ago.