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October 17, 2010

India has highest level of hunger: IFPRI

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) says that the developing countries like India may be the second fastest growing economy in the world, but India is among the highest levels of hunger, malnourished children & poorly fed women.

According to the IFPRI report released on Monday, India ranks 67th among 85 countries in terms of access to food on the Global Hunger Index 2010. Recently, it was predicted that India will overtake China within 3 years in the economy by The Economist magazine, but when it comes to taking care of poor children, women & hunger, India is worse than lesser economies.

Even though, India is the largest producer of milk & edible oils, & the second largest producer of wheat & sugar in the world, India is listed having high hunger score of 24.1 on the index. Despite policy programmes like 'free-meal' to avoid such alarming hunger situation for school-going children in the country, the report reveals that more than 90% of the stunted children (whose height is low for their age) live in Asian countries, such as India  & Bangladesh, apart from some Africa countries.

The hunger levels of India is considerably higher than its gross national income per capita, said Ashok Gulati, Asia director of the Washington-based IFPRI.

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