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Global Hunger Index 2019

Posted on : 20 Dec 2019

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  • India has slipped to 102 on the Global Hunger Index, way behind its South Asian neighbours: Pakistan (94), Bangladesh (88), Nepal (73), Sri Lanka (66) and China (25).
  • With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a level of hunger that is serious.
  • While India was 103rd in 2018 on the GHI, it was out of 119 countries surveyed, compared to a total of 117 countries this year. So, the country moving up to 102 cannot really be seen as an improvement.
  • India’s child wasting rate is extremely high at 20.8 percent—the highest wasting rate of any country in this report for which data or estimates were available. Its child stunting rate, 37.9 percent, is also categorized as very high in terms of its public health significance. In India, just 9.6 percent of all children between 6 and 23 months of age are fed a minimum acceptable diet. As of 2015–2016, 90 percent of Indian households used an improved drinking water source while 39 percent of households had no sanitation facilities (IIPS and ICF 2017).
  • At the regional level, South Asia and Africa South of the Sahara have the highest 2019 GHI scores in the world, at 29.3 and 28.4, respectively. These scores indicate serious levels of hunger according to the GHI Severity Scale.
  • In contrast, the 2019 GHI scores of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Latin America and the Caribbean, East and Southeast Asia, and the Near East and North Africa range from 6.6 to 13.3, indicating low or moderate hunger levels.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements about Global Hunger Index 2019
    1.It is calculated by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.
    2.GHI scores on a 100-point GHI Severity Scale, where 0 is the best score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst.
    3.With a score of 30.3, India suffers from a level of hunger that is serious.
    Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  2. 1.1, 2 and 3

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.1 and 2 only

    4.3 only

    Right Ans : 2 and 3 only

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