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Indian States vs. Hunger: Global Index Insights



  Apr 17, 2024

Indian States vs. Hunger: Global Index Insights



Q: How does India rank in terms of hunger?

A: India's situation is considered serious.  It ranks 107th out of 121 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI). Even internally, the State Hunger Index (SHI) reveals many states fall into "serious" or "alarming" hunger categories.

Q: Which Indian states are most affected by hunger?

A: Bihar, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh are the worst-performing states, with "alarming" scores on the State Hunger Index. Several other states, including Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh also score poorly.

Q: Which states are doing the best in fighting hunger?

A: Chandigarh, Sikkim, Puducherry, and Kerala have the lowest hunger scores, falling into the "moderate" category.

Q: Why does hunger persist in India even though it produces a lot of food?

A: Hunger in India has complex causes. It's not just about the amount of food produced, but also:

* Poverty and inequality in access to food
* Poor nutrition beyond just calorie intake
* Insufficient focus on child health and nutrition

Q:  How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected hunger in India?

A: The full impact is still unknown, as data is not yet available. However, it's likely that the pandemic made the hunger situation worse for many people.


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