Global Hunger Index 2016 IFPRI Food Policy

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Global Hunger International Food Policy Research Institute Global Hunger Index 2016 child underweight India lags behind Bangladesh in improving Global Hunger Index

Global Hunger Index 2016 Details

India has lagged in improving its Global Hunger Index (GHI) score despite strong economic growth, according to the 2012 Global Hunger Index report released for the seventh year by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide. The 2012 index - The Challenge of Hunger: Ensuring Sustainable Food Security under Land, Water, and Energy Stresses - points out that Bangladesh, India and Timor-Leste have the highest prevalence of underweight children under five, more than 40 per cent in each of the three countries. Yet the report suggests that Bangladesh has overtaken India on a range of social indicators, including how fast it has reduced child mortality. In India, 43.5 per cent of children under five are underweight, which accounts for almost two-thirds of the country’s alarmingly high GHI score. From 2005-2010, India ranked second to last on child underweight below Ethiopia, Niger, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

India has moved from 65 to 63 in the Global Hunger Index, making a marginal improvement since 2012, but continues to languish far behind other emerging economies.

The score for the country improved slightly from 22.9 in 2012 to 21.3 this year.

As has been the trend, within SAARC countries too, India continued to trail behind Pakistan and Bangladesh on the index.

China improved its ranking by 57.69 per cent between 1990-2012, while India showed a 34 per cent improvement in the same period.

Brazil, in comparison, had a much better score to begin with and by 2012 entered the select block of nations doing the best to fight hunger.
Countries that have achieved the highest progress on this front included Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba, Ghana, Thailand and Vietnam – all achieving more than 55% increase in their GHI score.

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