The Global Hunger Index 2020 on Friday released has ranked India at 94 among 107 countries. As per 2019, Global Hunger Index published jointly by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe, India was ranked 102 out of 117 countries.
While in 2018, India had ranked 103 among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index.
The peer-reviewed annual report aims to measure and track hunger at the global, regional, and country levels. In its latest report, GHI puts worldwide hunger at a ''moderate'' level while warning that nearly 690 million people across the world are under-nourished.
The 2020 Global Hunger Index report terms the level of hunger in India as "serious" with a score of 27.2 out of 50. While a score of less than 9.9 signifies "low" hunger, that of 10-19.9 represents "moderate" levels of hunger, 20-34.9 points to "serious" hunger.
It needs to be mentioned that India's score on the GHI index in 2020 (27.2) is an improvement as compared to 38.9 in 2000, 37.5 in 2006, and 29.3 in 2012.
"Data from 1991 through 2014 for Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan showed that stunting is concentrated among children from households facing multiple forms of deprivation, including poor dietary diversity, low levels of maternal education, and household poverty," the report has said.
At present, India lags behind Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia among others on the Global Hunger Index. Only 13 out of 107 countries, including Rwanda, Afghanistan, Liberia, and Chad among others have fared worse than India.