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Data Story : Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021

  • Published
    18th Feb, 2022

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 report has put India in the 101st position out of 116 countries. India has slipped from its 94th position in GHI 2020 placing her behind neighbours like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

Four indicators were considered for calculating the global score out of 100, in order to decide the ranking:

  • Undernourishment.
  • Child wasting (percentage of children below five years of age who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition).
  • Child stunting (percentage of children below five years of age who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition).
  • Child mortality (the mortality rate of children under the age of five).

India’s Scenario:

  • India’s GHI score has decreased from a GHI score of 38.8 points (considered alarming) in 2000 to a GHI score of 27.5 (considered serious) in 2021.
  • The overall scenario has progressed in India since 2000 but the areas of concern like nutrition remain. But the proportion of undernourished in the population and the under-five mortality is in lower levels.
  • This data story presents the picture of the declining GHI score of India.
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