Emerging India either does not know or ignores the statistics: half its children are malnourished, a record poorer than the world’s poorest region, sub-Saharan Africa.
• India is ranked 66th out of 88 countries in the Global Hunger Index drawn up by the International Food Policy Research Institute.
• India is home to a quarter of the world’s hungry—around 230 million people—according to the UN’s World Food Programme.
• More than 455 million Indians survive on $1.25 (Rs57) a day or less, compared with 420 million in 1981. Yet, India is the world’s second largest producer of rice and wheat, and at least 50 million tonnes of foodgrain lie in government warehouses.
As the government prepares to launch India’s boldest attempt yet to tackle hunger and malnutrition, the Hindustan Times and Mint announce a nationwide effort to track, investigate and report the struggle to rid the nation of hunger.
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