India, which has more than a fifth (21 percent) of its children wasted (weigh too little for their height), slipped three places to 100th in the 2017. Global Hunger Index (GHI) three places down from last year’s rank of 97th. The 2017 GHI released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on 12 October 2017 termed India’s hunger levels ‘serious’ problem at hand.
The data from the report showed that India ranked lower than all its neighbouring countries Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Bangladesh (88), Sri Lanka (84) and China (29) except Pakistan, which has been placed at 106th in the global hunger list. The countries’ position on the index is ranked on the basis of undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting and child stunting.
The hunger report index of 119 countries also showed that in three years’ time India has seen a fall of 45 ranks from 55th in 2014. Pointing out that only 9.6 per cent of children between six and 23 months of age in India receive adequate diet, the IFPRI cited that only three other countries – Djibouti, Sri Lanka and South Sudan – show child wasting levels higher than 20 per cent.