Sri Lanka ranks 84th on Global Hunger Index as child malnutrition worsens

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India shares the spot with Djibouti and Rwanda in the report released by the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on October 12. Last year, India ranked 97th out of 118 countries; in 2015, it ranked 80th out of 104.

Over a three-year duration, the country has seen a slide of 45 positions from 55th in 2014.

More than a fifth - about 21 per cent- of Indian children have low weight for their height and over a third are too short for their age, according to the report.

At 31.4, India's 2017 GHI score is at the high end of the "serious" category, and one of the main factors pushing South Asia to the category of the worst-performing region on the index this year.

Sri Lanka ranks 84th in Global Hunger Index as child malnutrition increases despite best efforts Fri, Oct 13, 2017, 11:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. But it is ahead of India (100), and Pakistan (106). This was noticed only in three other countries: Djibouti, Sri Lanka and South Sudan.

"Even with the massive scale up of national nutrition- focused programmes in India, drought and structural deficiencies have left large number of poor in India at risk of malnourishment in 2017", said P K Joshi, IFPRI Director for South Asia.

The Global Hunger Index has been ranking countries since based on four key indicators - undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting and child stunting. Further, India's child wasting rate has not substantially improved over the past 25 years, said the comprehensive report.

However, the country has made slight progress in other areas. The report notes that the child stunting rate has gone down over the year, from 61.9% in 1992 to 38.4% this year.

The Central African Republic has the highest GHI score (50.9).

The report ranked 119 countries in the developing world this year, 52 of which were rated as having "extremely alarming, ' "alarming" or 'serious" hunger levels. Only 43 countries have scores in the low range.

The report ranked 119 countries in the developing world, almost half of which have "extremely alarming", "alarming" or "serious" hunger levels.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took a poetic jibe at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after India slipped three notches to 100 among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI), 2017.

"Given that three-quarters of South Asia's population resides in India, the situation in that country strongly influences South Asia's regional score". HOW NEPAL COUNTERED HUNGER PROBLEM Nepal's remarkable reduction in child stunting between 2001 and 2011 is associated with, and likely attributable to, increased household assets (a proxy for household wealth), increased maternal education levels, improved sanitation levels, and implementation and utilisation of health and nutrition programs, including antenatal and neonatal care.

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