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World

Web Desk
October 16, 2019

India ranked below Pakistan on Global Hunger Index

World

Web Desk
Wed, Oct 16, 2019

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi vows that he is making India a  superpower, the truth is the BJP-ruled country has slipped further on Global Hunger Index, it emerged Wednesday.

According to Concern Worldwide, an aid agency which compiles the report, India is ranked at 102 on a list featuring 117 countries.

The country is also the lowest ranked South Asian country on the list even behind Pakistan which was ranked 94th. India is also ranked below countries such as North Korea which sits at 92.

The report warned that the progress towards a 2030 zero hunger target that was agreed upon by leaders across the words was “under threat”.

The report, topped by Central African Republic, said that it was becoming difficult to feed the world due to climate change. It added that while there has been progress in reducing hunger, but the gains are now being threatened and severe hunger persists in many regions across the world.

“Hunger stubbornly persists in many countries and is actually increasing in others. Multiple countries have higher hunger levels now than in 2010, and approximately 45 countries are set to fail to achieve low levels of hunger by 2030,” said Concern Worldwide US CEO Colleen Kelly.

Among the 117 countries, 43 have “serious” levels of hunger. The report said that the Central African Republic is in the “extremely alarming” level in the hunger index while Chad, Madagascar, Yemen and Zambia were in the “alarming” level.

The Global Hunger Index also recommended various steps the countries could take to tackle this serious problem. Prioritizing resilience among the most vulnerable groups, better response to disasters, addressing inequalities, action to mitigate climate change are among measures suggested in the report.