India has ranked 94 out of 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020 and is behind neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and Bangladesh that have better scores.
As per the report published on Friday, India has serious levels of hunger and falls in the “serious category” with a score of 27.2.
Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan too are in the ‘serious’ category, but ranked higher than India in this year’s hunger index. While Bangladesh ranked 75, Myanmar and Pakistan are in the 78th and 88th position.
Nepal in 73rd and Sri Lanka in 64th position are in the ‘moderate’ hunger category, the report showed.
Last year, India’s rank was 102 out of 117 countries.
Notably, the GHI report does not take into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has aggravated hunger and malnutrition across the world.
China, Cuba on top of GHI
Seventeen nations, including China, Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores of less than five.
According to the report, 14 per cent of India’s population is undernourished.
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It also showed the country recorded a 37.4 per cent stunting rate among children under five and a wasting rate of 17.3 per cent. The under-five mortality rate stood at 3.7 per cent.
Wasting is children who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition. Stunting is children under the age of five who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition.
Rahul Gandhi attacks govt
Following the publication of the report, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked the Narendra Modi government on Saturday, saying it is busy “filling the pockets of its special friends” and that is why the country’s poor are hungry. He took to Twitter to criticise the government.
Four parameters to determine Global Hunger Index
The Global Hunger Index calculates and compares the levels of hunger across the different countries so that it can notify the concerned nation against the alarming situation of ‘wasting’ or ‘hunger’ in the country.
There are four parameters that determine the GHI score. They are undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality.
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