India’s Global Hunger Index
Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Health; Poverty; Social/Welfare issue
- India ranked 102nd on the Global Hunger Index, despite high food production.
- Nutritional security requires measures to improve protein and vitamin deficiencies.
Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report
- Prepared by the Concern Worldwide (an Irish agency) and the Welt Hunger Hilfe (a German organization)
- The report is based on four GHI indicators namely, undernourishment, child stunting, child wasting, and child mortality.
- India’s child wasting rate was extremely high at 20.8% – the highest
- India’s rank has slipped from 95th position (in 2010) to 102nd (in 2019)
- Child wasting refers to the share of children under the age of five who are wasted, i.e, they have low weight with respect to their height, reflecting acute undernutrition.