India ranks 94 out of 107 countries in this year’s Global Hunger Index

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While India ranked 102 last year and rose to 94, the country’s performance when compared to its neighbours- Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, has worsened in the Global Hunger Index released on Friday.

Here are five components of the story:

  • India’s neighbours Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan ranked 73, 75 and 68 respectively.
  • India’s hunger level is serious with a score of 27.2, according to the report jointly released by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.
  • Activists working in the areas of food security said the government has failed to address the existing scale of hunger in the country.
  • “The prevalent development framework is disconnected from the issue of food security. The government should adopt an honest approach to the issue of malnutrition and hunger in order to tackle the problem. The index shows we have taken a wrong route for development,” said Sachin Kumar Jain, a representative of Right to food campaign.  
  • “Data from 1991 to 2014 for Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan showed that stunting is concentrated among children from households facing multiple forms of deprivation, including poor dietary diversity, low levels of maternal education, and household poverty,” said the report.

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