Global Hunger Index: India slips 3 positions to 100th among 119 nations

Global Hunger Index: India slips 3 positions to 100th among 119 nations: Placed behind even North Korea, Bangladesh and Iraq; hunger situation in the country rated 'serious'...

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"India has a ‘serious’ hunger problem at hand, with the country slipping three notches to 100 among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), 2017. This is worse than the likes of North Korea, Bangladesh, and Iraq, and better only than Pakistan and Afghanistan among Asian countries.
Over three-year duration, the country has seen a slide of 45 positions from 55 in 2014. However, the rankings are not strictly comparable, as the current formula was introduced in 2015. The earlier formula was used to calculate GHI scores from 2006 to 2014.
The primary difference is that the new formula standardises indicator values, and the ‘child underweight’ parameter has been replaced by ‘child stunting’ and ‘child wasting’.
The index shows that more than a fifth of Indian children under the age of five weigh too little for their height and a third are too short for their age.
At 31.4, India’s 2017 GHI score is at the high end of the “serious” category, and one of the main factors pushing South Asia to the category of the worst-performing region on the index this year. The region is followed closely by Africa South of the Sahara. India is the third-worst in all of Asia — better only than Afghanistan and Pakistan - according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), which prepared the report."

M G Warrier

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