In Today’s News:
- Global Hunger Index and India’s ranking.
1. Global Hunger Index and India’s ranking
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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