Global Hunger Index 2022: India Behind Pakistan & Nepal, Falls To 107 From 101

Citing the Global Hunger Index report, Congress MP P Chidambaran said that the situation in the country is worsening since 2014 when the Narendra Modi-led BJP government came into power

New Delhi: India now ranks 107 out of 121 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2022. A GHI score of 29.1 puts the country under the “serious” category. India is behind its neighbors Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. In the 2022 rankings, most of India’s neighbors have performed better.

The top rank was shared by 17 countries including China, Turkey, and Kuwait. Their Global Hunger Index score was less than five. The information was shared on Saturday by the website of the Global Hunger Index, which tracks hunger and malnutrition.

India falls into the “serious” category with an aggregate score of 29.1. A score of 9.9 or less is regarded as “low” risk, a score of 35 to 49.9 as “alarming,” and a score of more than that as “very alarming.”

In Burundu, Somalia, South Sudan, and Syria, the situation falls under the “extremely alarming” category.

Citing the report, Congress MP P Chidambaran said that the situation in the country is worsening since 2014 when the Narendra Modi-led BJP government came into power.

“When will the Hon’ble PM address real issues like malnutrition, hunger, and stunting and wasting among children?” he asked on Twitter.

India placed 101 out of 116 nations in 2021. It is now ranked 107 out of 121 countries on the list. The GHI score for India has decreased as well, going from 38.8 in 2000 to a range of 28.2 to 29.1 between 2014 and 2022.

In 2021, the Centre said it was shocking that India’s rank was lowered on the Global Hunger Index and it termed the methodology used for rankings “unscientific.” The government had also termed it as “devoid of ground reality.”

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“It is shocking to find that the Global Hunger Report 2021 has lowered the rank of India on the basis of FAO (UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation) estimate on the proportion of the undernourished population, which is found to be devoid of ground reality and facts and suffers from serious methodological issues. The publishing agencies of the Global Hunger Report, Concern Worldwide, and Welt Hunger Hilfe, have not done their due diligence before releasing the report,” the government had said in a statement.

“The methodology used by FAO is unscientific. They have based their assessment on the results of a ‘four question’ opinion poll, which was conducted telephonically by Gallup. There is no scientific methodology to measure undernourishment like the availability of food grains per capita during the period. The scientific measurement of undernourishment would require measurement of weight and height, whereas the methodology involved here is based on Gallup poll based on a pure telephonic estimate of the population,” it had said.

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