India has slipped to 101st position in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) for the year 2021. 

The survey was conducted for a total of 116 countries and India ranked 101st. 

India’s ranking comes behind neighbouring counties like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. 

In 2020, India had ranked 94th in the Global Hunger Index out of 107 countries. 

Meanwhile, eighteen countries, including China, Brazil and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI score of less than five. 

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The report, prepared jointly by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German organisation Welt Hunger Hilfe, termed the level of hunger in India ‘alarming’. 

The GHI score is calculated on four indicators – undernourishment; child wasting (the share of children under the age of five who are wasted i.e who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition); child stunting (children under the age of five who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition) and child mortality (the mortality rate of children under the age of five). 

“People have been severely hit by COVID-19 and by pandemic related restrictions in India, the country with highest child wasting rate worldwide,” the report said. 

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On the other hand, in countries like Nepal (76), Bangladesh (76), Myanmar (71) and Pakistan (92) the level of hunger is also ‘alarming’. 

However, these countries fared better at feeding its citizens than India. 

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