Pakistan stood at 94th position in the Global Hunger Index as India falls behind. India was ranked 102 among 117 countries in the hunger index. Its ranking dropped down not just in comparison to Pakistan but also with reference to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that stood at 88th and 66th position.
Basically, the global hunger index measures and tracks hunger at regional, national and global levels to assess the growth and challenges in combating hunger.
India is among 45 countries that have serious levels of hunger, as per a Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide report.
The report stated, “In India, just 9.6 percent of all children between six to 23 months of age are fed a minimum acceptable diet. As of 2015-2016, 90 percent of Indian households used an improved drinking water source while 39 percent of households had no sanitation facilities (IIPS and ICF 2017).”
The report also stated that “open defecation is still practiced in India”.
The report added, “In 2014 the Prime Minister instituted the ‘Clean India’ campaign to end open defecation and ensure that all households had latrines. Even with new latrine construction, open defecation is still practiced. This situation jeopardizes the population’s health and consequently, children’s growth and development as their ability to absorb nutrients are compromised.”
The report appreciates the efforts made by Nepal and Bangladesh to fight hunger.