Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the country’s poor ranking in the Global Hunger Index.
NEW DELHI — India has slipped to the 101st position among 116 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 from its 2020 ranking (94), and is behind Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
With this, only 15 countries fared worse than India this year, according to report.
The countries behind India are: Papua New Guinea (102), Afghanistan (103), Nigeria (103), Congo (105), Mozambique (106), Sierra Leone (106), Timor-Leste (108), Haiti (109), Liberia (110), Madagascar (111), Democratic Republic of Congo (112), Chad (113), Central African Republic (114), Yemen (115) and Somalia (116).
A total of 18 countries, including China, Kuwait and Brazil, shared the top rank with GHI score of less than five, the Global Hunger Index website that tracks hunger and malnutrition across countries said on Thursday.
The report, prepared jointly by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organisation Welt Hunger Hilfe, mentioned the level of hunger in India as “alarming” with its GHI score decelerating from 38.8 in 2000 to the range of 28.8 – 27.5 between 2012 and 2021.
Countries like Nepal (76), Bangladesh (76), Myanmar (71) and Pakistan (92) are also in the ‘alarming’ hunger category, but have fared better at feeding its citizens than India, according to the report.
In 2020, India was ranked 94th out of 107 countries. Now with 116 countries in the fray, it has dropped to 101st rank.
The GHI score is calculated on four indicators –undernourishment; child wasting (the share of children under the age of five who are wasted i.e who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition); child stunting (children under the age of five who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition) and child mortality (the mortality rate of children under the age of five).
The share of wasting among children in India rose from 17.1 per cent between 1998-2002 to 17.3 per cent between 2016-2020, according to the report.
However, India has shown improvement in other indicators such as the under-5 mortality rate, prevalence of stunting among children and prevalence of undernourishment owing to inadequate food, the report said.
According to the report, the fight against hunger is dangerously off track. Based on the current GHI projections, the world as a whole — and 47 countries in particular — will fail to achieve a low level of hunger by 2030.
Food security is under assault on multiple fronts, the report said, adding that worsening conflict, weather extremes associated with global climate change, and the economic and health challenges associated with the COVID19 pandemic are all driving hunger.
“Inequality — between regions, countries, districts, and communities — is pervasive and, (if) left unchecked, will keep the world from achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) mandate to leave no one behind,” the report said.
Kapil Sibal ‘Congratulates’ Modi
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the country’s poor ranking in the Global Hunger Index.
In a tweet, Congress leader mocking the claims of the government on eradicating poverty, hunger, and also on making Indian a global power wrote:
Congratulations Modi ji for eradicating :
3) making India a global power
4) for our digital economy
5) …………… so much more
Global Hunger Index :
2020 : India ranked 94
2021 : India ranks 101
Behind Bangladesh , Pakistan & Nepal
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) October 15, 2021