Global Hunger Index 2021: India slips to 101st spot, behind Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

India has slipped to the 101st place amongst 116 nations within the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 from its 2020 rating (94), to be positioned behind Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

With this, solely 15 nations — 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) — fared worse than India this yr.

A complete of 18 nations, together with China, Kuwait and Brazil, shared the highest rank with GHI rating of lower than 5, the GHI web site that tracks starvation and malnutrition throughout nations stated on Thursday.

The report, ready collectively by Irish help company Concern Worldwide and German organisation Welt Hunger Hilfe, talked about the extent of starvation in India as “alarming” with its GHI rating decelerating from 38.Eight in 2000 to the vary of 28.8 – 27.5 between 2012 and 2021.

The GHI rating is calculated on 4 indicators — undernourishment; little one losing (the share of youngsters underneath the age of 5 who’ve low weight for his or her peak, reflecting acute undernutrition); little one stunting (youngsters underneath the age of 5 who’ve low peak for his or her age, reflecting continual undernutrition); little one mortality (the mortality fee of youngsters underneath the age of 5).

According to the report, the share of losing amongst youngsters in India rose from 17.1 per cent between 1998-2002 to 17.three per cent between 2016-2020, “People have been severely hit by COVID-19 and by pandemic related restrictions in India, the country with highest child wasting rate worldwide,” the report stated.

Neighbouring nations like Nepal (76), Bangladesh (76), Myanmar (71) and Pakistan (92), that are nonetheless forward of India at feeding its residents, are additionally within the ‘alarming’ starvation class.

However, India has proven enchancment in indicators just like the under-5 mortality fee, prevalence of stunting amongst youngsters and prevalence of undernourishment owing to insufficient meals, the report stated.

Stating that the struggle towards starvation is dangerously off monitor, the report stated based mostly on the present GHI projections, the world as an entire — and 47 nations specifically — will fail to achieve even a low degree of starvation by 2030.

“Although GHI scores show that global hunger has been on the decline since 2000, progress is slowing. While the GHI score for the world fell 4.7 points, from 25.1 to 20.4, between 2006 and 2012, it has fallen just 2.5 points since 2012. After decades of decline, the global prevalence of undernourishment — one of the four indicators used to calculate GHI scores — is increasing. This shift may be a harbinger of reversals in other measures of hunger,” the report stated.

Food safety is underneath assault on a number of fronts, the report stated, including that worsening battle, climate extremes related to world local weather change, and the financial and well being challenges related to Covid-19 are all driving starvation.

“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,” it stated.