New Delhi: India has performed poorly in reducing hunger, especially among children, according to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2012 report.
“Given that the government of India has failed to monitor national trends in child undernutrition for more than six years, any recent progress in the fight against child undernutrition cannot be taken into account by the 2012 Global Hunger Index,” the International Food Policy Research Institute said in its report released on Thursday.
Even without information on the recent advances made in dealing with hunger, India’s track record is disappointing, the GHI report said.
The country’s hunger index value has improved from 24.2 in 1990 to 23.5 in 2011 and 22.9 in 2012, but it still remains among countries with an “alarming” level of hunger. All other countries in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping have performed better than India in dealing with hunger, with Brazil and Russia having a “low” hunger index and China and South Africa placed among those with “moderate” hunger.
Further, India ranks below neighbours Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal. These relative rankings have remained unchanged since last year’s GHI report.
India, ranked 65th among 79 countries, alongside Bangladesh and Timor-Leste, which are ranked 68th and 73rd, respectively, as countries with a high proportion of underweight children.