Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 17 October 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. Global Hunger Index and India’s ranking.

1. Global Hunger Index and India’s ranking

News Summary

Prelims GS – Economic and Social Development

Global Hunger Index:
  • The Global Hunger Index is a peer-reviewed annual report, jointly published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at the global, regional, and country levels.
  • The aim of the GHI is to trigger action to reduce hunger around the world.
  • GHI scores are based on the values of four component indicators:
    • undernourishment (share of the population with insufficient caloric intake),
    • child wasting (share of children under age five who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition),
    • child stunting (share of children under age five who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition), and
    • child mortality (mortality rate of children under age five, partly reflecting the fatal mix of inadequate nutrition and unhealthy environments).
  • Based on the values of the four indicators, the GHI determines hunger on a 100-point scale where 0 is the best possible score (no hunger) and 100 is the worst. Each country’s GHI score is classified by severity, from low to extremely alarming.
India’s ranking in GHI:
  • India secured 94th rank out of 107 countries.
  • India secured a score of 27.2.
  • India ranked lower than neighbors such as Pakistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka.
  • Child stunting has improved significantly, from 54% in 2000 to less than 35% now.

Click here to know more about Global Hunger Index on the official website.


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