New Delhi: On Thursday, the report issued by the Global Hunger Index 2021 showed that India has ranked 101 among the 116 countries that had participated.
This year, India has ranked worse than the previous year in which India had ranked 94th in the Global Hunger Index 2020.
The report stated that the percentage of undernourished people in the country amounts to 15.3% of the total population.
The nations are segregated into 5 different categories by the Global Hunger Index 2021 based on the level of undernourishment in the country. The five categories are: weak, moderate, severe, startling and greatly alarming.
This year, India has been put under the severe category, suggesting the seriousness of the condition of undernourishment in the country.
India's neighbour China has managed to be listed among the 18 "best nations" along with Brazil. However, the nations have not been mentioned independently in the list.
Under the alarming category are Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Central African Republic, Yemen, Burundi, Comoros, South Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic. Somalia is the only country that was highlighted under the remarkably alarming section.
In India, conditions in children such as "low weight for their height, indicating intense undernutrition" has been credited to food wastage.
Countries that share their boundaries with India, such as Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh have much higher than India in the Global Hunger Index 2021. Pakistan has ranked 92, while Nepal and Bangladesh have ranked 76.
As per the report, there is a low possibility of achieving zero hunger status by 2030. The report states, "The 2021 Global Hunger Index (GHI) points to a dire hunger situation in a world coping with multiple crises. Progress toward Zero Hunger by 2030, already far too slow, is showing signs of stagnating or even being reversed."