Important Topic: Global Hunger Index

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Important Topic

Global Hunger Index is a multidimensional statistical tool used to describe the state of countries’ hunger situation. It is developed each year by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

  • India was on 97th rank last year, this year India is on 100th rank. So, India’s rank did not improve. But it still trails behind countries like North Korea(93rd) and Bangladesh(88th).
  • As of 2015-16, more than a fifth [21%] of children in India suffer from wasting [low weight for height] - up from 20% in 2005-2006
  • It is calculated as a weighted average of four standardized indicators i.e. the percentage of population that is undernourished (1/3rd), percentage of children under five years who suffer from wasting (low weight in relation to a child’s height, reflects acute under nutrition) (1/6th), percentage of children under five who suffer from stunting (deficiency in height in relation to age, reflects chronic undernutrition) (1/6th) and child mortality (1/3rd).

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