The Global Hunger Index (GHI) has ranked India a lowly 97th among 118 developing countries this year, with reference to the calculated figures this year.
Extremely poor African countries such as Niger, Chad, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone were only found worse than India besides two of its neighbours: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Other neighbours Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and China are all ranked above India.
The annual calculations of GHI have been done by The International Food Policy Research Institute.
Throughout reading the most recent data – the GHI (2016) for India was derived from the fact that an estimated 15% population is undernourished – lacking in adequate food intake, both in quantity and quality.
The share of under-5 children who are `wasted’ is about 15% while the share of children who are `stunted’ is 39%. This reflects a widespread and chronic lack of balanced food.
The under-5 mortality rate of 4.8% partially reflects the fatal synergy of poor nutrition and unhealthy environments.