Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020 released

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Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020 released

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Hunger; Policy and governance

In news

  • Global Hunger Index report was recently released.
  • Published by: Jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) 
  • India: 94th rank among 107 countries
  • It continues to be in the “serious” hunger category.
  • However, it has made some progress, particularly since the enactment of National Food Security Act.
  • Bangladesh: 75th rank
  • Myanmar: 78th rank
  • Pakistan: 88th rank
  • Nepal: 73rd rank and 
  • Sri Lanka: 64th rank 

Key takeaways

  • Last year, India’s rank was 102 out of 117 countries.
  • The neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan too were in the “serious” category.
  • They ranked higher than India in 2020’s index.
  • Nepal and Sri Lanka are in “moderate” hunger category.
  • Undernourished: 14% of India’s population 
  • Stunting: 37.4% among children under five 
  • Wasting: 17.3% 
  • Under-five mortality rate: 3.7%

Do you know?

  • The GHI is calculated by using a three-step process. 
  • The indicators used are percentage of undernourished population, percentage of children under five years suffering from wasting and stunting, and child mortality.

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