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India slips to 100 on Global Hunger Index; trails N Korea, Iraq

Being ranked 100th of 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a matter of deep shame for India. GHI, apart from adequacy of calorific intake, works in child wasting (low weight for height), stunting (lower height than typical for age) and under-5 mortality into its definition of hunger. India has recorded good progress in tackling lack of access to foof—largely through ICDS, the Food Security Act, and mid-day meals, though better targeting and value-delivery can be done through direct benefit transfers. It has also seen a decline in…

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