India ranks 100 of 119 countries on Global Hunger Index

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Though being under several global conflicts, North Korea (93) and Iraq (78) ranked much better India in the hunger parameter.

"At 31.4, India's 2017 GHI (Global Hunger Index) score is at the high end of the "serious" category, and is one of the main factors pushing South Asia to the category of worst performing region on the GHI this year, followed closely by Africa South of the Sahara", it added. In South Asia, only Pakistan is lower than India at 106.

In a list of 119 countries, India ranked at a poor 100 in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The report stated that as of 2015-16, 21 percent of India's children suffered from child wasting (low weight and height), which went up by a percent from 2005-2006. "Only three other countries in this year's GHI - Djibouti, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan - have data or estimates showing child wasting above 20 percent in the latest period (2012-16)".

"With a GHI score that is near the high end of the serious category, it is obvious that a high GDP growth rate alone is no guarantee of food and nutrition security for India's vast majority", said Nivedita Varshneya, India director of Welthungerhilfe, a non-profit which co-authored the GHI report with IFPRI.

The GHI captures the multidimensional nature of hunger based on four indicators -undernourishment (share of the population with insufficient calorific intake), under-5 child wasting, under-5 child stunting (low height for age), and under-5 child mortality. However, as for the prevalence of wasting in children under five years, there is, however, no improvement.

The report ranked 119 countries in the developing world this year, 52 of which were rated as having "extremely alarming, ' "alarming" or 'serious" hunger levels.

The report, citing from Menon's research, points out that while India claimed a "massive scale-up" of two national nutrition programmes, the Integrated Child Development Services and the National Health Mission, it has failed to achieve adequate coverage.

India's wasting rate has not substantially improved over the last 25 years, even though the child stunting rate has improved over this period. Also only 9.6 % of the children in the age-group of six to 23 months received adequate diet.

The report ranked 119 countries in the developing world, almost half of which have "extremely alarming", "alarming" or "serious" hunger levels.

However, he said that the on-going efforts are expected to make significant changes in improving the existing situation.

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