India has been racked at 102nd position in 2019 Global Hunger Index, way behind South Asian countries due to an increase in the prevalence of wasting (low weight for height) among children under five contributing the most to the country’s poor performance.
The Hunger Index report which comprises ranking of 117 countries was prepared jointly by Concern Worldwide, an Irish aid agency, and Welt Hunger Hilfe, a German organisation.
Seventeen countries, including Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores less than five. Countries such as Ethiopia and Rwanda have shown notable progress, the GHI report said.
After substantial improvement, India’s rank slipped from 2015, when it was ranked 93. Pakistan which used to be only South Asian country ranked below India has been placed eight rank above this time at 94th position.
The ranking which included data from 2014 to 2018 is measurement of children’s health. It includes proportion of a country’s child population that is undernourished, share of children under five years of age who have insufficient weight for their height or whose height is not commensurate to their age, and the mortality rate of under-5 children.