Added on : 2020-10-17 11:51:30
The Global Hunger Index 2020 report released on Friday has ranked India at 94 among 107 countries. India was ranked 102 out of 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2019 that was published jointly by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe. In 2018, India had ranked 103 among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index.
In the index, India features behind Nepal (73), Pakistan (88), Bangladesh (75), Indonesia (70) among others. Out of the total 107 countries, only 13 countries fare worse than India including countries like Rwanda (97), Nigeria (98), Afghanistan (99), Liberia (102), Mozambique (103), Chad (107) among others.
According to the report, 14 per cent of India's population is undernourished. It also says that the country recorded a child stunting rate of 37.4 per cent. Stunted children are those who have a “low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition”.
The peer-reviewed annual report aims to measure and track hunger at the global, regional and country levels. In its latest report, GHI puts worldwide hunger at a "moderate" level while warning that nearly 690 million people across the world are undernourished.
With a score of 27.2 out of 50, the 2020 Global Hunger Index report terms the level of hunger in India as "serious". While a score of less than 9.9 signifies "low" hunger, that of 10-19.9 represents "moderate" levels of hunger, 20-34.9 points to "serious" hunger, 35-39.9 signifies "alarming" and over 50 "extremely alarming" levels of hunger.