ghi: On hunger index, India trails Pakistan, Bangladesh & Nepal | India News


NEW DELHI: India has fallen to position 101 on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 out of 116 countries and lags behind its neighbors Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Eighteen countries, including China, Brazil and Kuwait, shared the top rank with a GHI score of less than five, the Global Hunger Index website. It tracks hunger and malnutrition, it said Thursday. The report, jointly produced by the Irish aid agency World concern and German organization Welt Hunger Hilfe, described the level of hunger in India as “alarming”.
In 2020, India ranked 94th out of 107 countries. Now, with 116 countries in the fray, it has dropped to 101st. India’s GHI score has also slowed: from 38.8 in 2000 to the 28.8-27.5 range between 2012 and 2021.
The GHI score is calculated on the basis of four indicators: malnutrition; childhood wasting (the proportion of children under the age of five who are wasted, that is, who are underweight for their height, reflecting acute malnutrition); infant growth retardation (children under the age of five who are short for their age, reflecting chronic malnutrition) and infant mortality (the death rate for children under five years of age).
“People have been severely affected by Covid-19 and pandemic-related restrictions in India,” the report says. Neighboring countries like Nepal and Pakistan have done better feeding their citizens than India, according to the report.

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