Saturday, March 2, 2024

Global Hunger Index: India slipped to 107th position, level of hunger “serious”

India has slipped to the 107th position in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2022 of 121 countries with a score of 29.1, a level of hunger that is serious.

India was in the 101st position last year.

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool for comprehensively measuring and tracking hunger at global, regional, and national levels. GHI scores are based on the values of four component indicators: Undernourishment, Child stunting, Child wasting and Child mortality.

Based on the values of the four indicators, a GHI score is calculated on a 100-point scale reflecting the severity of hunger, 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.

Last year, India slammed the report calling it “shocking” and “devoid of ground reality” after India fell below the 100th rank. The government claimed the methodology used to calculate the Global Hunger Index unscientific.

India’s GHI score has also decelerated – from 38.8 in 2000 to the range of 28.2 – 29.1 between 2014 and 2022.

Seventeen countries, including China, Turkey, and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI score of less than five, the website of the Global Hunger Index said.

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