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India ranks below China, Pak in global hunger index

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  1. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    NEW DELHI: India has been ranked 67, way below neighbouring countries like China and Pakistan, in a new global hunger index by the International Food Policy Research Institute.

    The index, released on Monday, rated 84 countries on the basis of three leading indicators -- prevalence of child malnutrition, rate of child mortality, and the proportion of people who are calorie deficient.

    China is rated much ahead of India at the ninth place, while Pakistan is at the 52nd place on the 2010 Global Hunger Index, released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in association with a German group Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.

    In India, the high Index scores are driven by high levels of child underweight resulting from the low nutritional and social status of women in the country, the report pointed out, adding that India alone accounts for a large share of the world's undernourished children, the IFPRI report said.

    India is home to 42% of the world's underweight children, while Pakistan has just 5%, it added.

    Among other neighbouring countries, Sri Lanka was at the 39th position and Nepal ranked 56 by index. Bangladesh listed at the 68th position.

    "The economic performance and hunger levels are inversely correlated. In South and Southeast Asia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Timor-Leste are among countries with hunger levels considerably higher than their gross national income (GNI) per capita," the IFPRI report said.

    "Undernutrition in the first two years of life threatens a child's life and can jeopardise physical, motor and cognitive development. It is therefore of particular importance that we take concerted action to combat hunger, especially among young children," the report stressed.

    It further said that the global food security is under stress. Although the world's leaders, through the first Millennium Development Goal, adopted a goal of halving the proportion of hungry people between 1990 and 2015, "we are nowhere near meeting that target."

    "The 2010 world Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows some improvement over the 1990 world GHI, falling from 19.8 points to 15.1 or by almost one-quarter. The index for hunger in the world, however, remains serious," it noted.

    In recent years, however, the number of hungry people has actually been increasing. In 2009, on the heels of a global food price crisis and in the midst of worldwide recession, the number of undernourished peopled surpassed one billion, although recent estimates by the UN body Food and Agriculture Organisation suggest that the number will have dropped to 925 million in 2010, it added.
     
  2. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Whats the use of having a growth rate of 9+ , having a GDP of $1.3 trn, spending $15bn on CWG, trying for UNSC permanent seat when our countrymen do not have food to eat. Our children are underweight and status of women is absolutely in chaos.

    Its a shame that in-spite of having some shinny figures, we are not able to fullfill some basic need of our people. At some place our people are dying of hunger and at another place food grains are rotting in government godowns. :tdown:

    Do we have a national shame day?? :angry:
     
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  3. True_Indian

    True_Indian 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Yes we have to improve a lot in removing poverty. central govt is implementing food security bill, nrega, etc.
    BTW it's not that bad in overall condition of people in india. we have better human development index than pakistan.
     
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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    We should stop our comparison with Pakistan now. But sadly we are worse off than Pakistan as well.


    HDI ka kya karege jab logo k pass khane k liye he nahi hai??
     
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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    Double Post.
     
  6. True_Indian

    True_Indian 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Yes there is no deniel that we are lagging behind...schemes are there like i said but because corruption only small amount is reaching the people.
    human development index is an overall study to know the peoples living conditions it is much more good tool than poverty study. Because though people need food they need much more than that.
     
  7. chachachoudhary

    chachachoudhary Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    One more feather in UPA's cap. While China has taken out nearly 200 million people out of poverty, India has been adding many millions to below poverty status.

    Nutrition status in rural areas is "hair raising."

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    Now, I wonder what will Sharad Pawar say seeing this image.
     
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    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    More hungry in India than in Sudan

    NEW DELHI: India dropped two ranks to 67th among 84 developing countries in the International Food Policy Research Institute's annual " Global Hunger Index" for 2010. Even Sudan, North Korea and Pakistan rank higher than India.

    While the report, released on Monday, shows that the proportion of undernourished in India is decreasing, the worsening ranking indicates that other developing countries have done better in tackling hunger. India is home to 42% of the underweight children under the age of five in the world.

    The policymakers in India, who are are still fighting over the need to have an expansive National Food Security Act, should look at the following data more closely: in 2005-06, about 44% of Indian children — below five years — were underweight, and nearly half — 48% — were stunted.

    The food insecurity is so rampant across the country that India is clubbed with minor economies like Bangladesh, Timor-Leste and Yemen, recording the highest prevalence of underweight in children under five.

    At the beginning of the liberalization era in the early 90s, 24% of the population was undernourished. The situation marginally improved to 22% between 2004 and 2006. Almost 60% of children below five were recorded as underweight in 1988-92. The condition has remained dismal as the latest figure shows 43.5% between 2003-08.

    The GHI ranks countries on a scale of 100, with 0 being the best score (no hunger) and 100 the worst. It is composed of three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of undernourished in the population, the prevalence of those underweight in children under five and the under-five mortality rate.

    The figures for India are 22% (as of 2004-6), 43.5% (2003-8) and 6.9% as of 2008, respectively. These give India a composite GHI of 24.1, which is classified as alarming in terms of the food security situation.

    The strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo ranks at the bottom of the list of 84 countries with significant levels of hunger. The data has been compiled for 122 countries in all; the remaining 38 countries have a GHI of less than 5 and are not included in the rankings. No data has been recorded for highly developed countries.

    South Asia has the highest GHI for any region in the world, at 22.9. The region has, however, made greater progress since 1990 than sub-Saharan Africa, the report adds. India is ranked below all other major South Asian countries — Sri Lanka is ranked 39th, Pakistan 52nd and Nepal 56th.

    India's hunger is not purely a product of its middle-income status. While economic progress and hunger levels tend to be inversely correlated (countries with higher gross national income typically have lower GHI scores), some countries are exceptions to the norm. China has lower hunger levels than its GNI per capita would suggest, while India has higher hunger levels than would be expected from its income per capita, calculations made by the report's authors show.

    The 2010 report focuses on child malnutrition, which is the biggest component of hunger worldwide. In India, high 2010 GHI scores are driven by high levels of underweight children, resulting from the low nutritional and social status of women in the country, the report says.

    More hungry in India than in Sudan - The Times of India More hungry in India than in Sudan - The Times of India
     
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    prototype Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Central India is the region that fare the worst,a lot of other regions had removed poverty from their states to a considerable level,specifically Kerala even though it is not a industrial state,some of the policies introduced by the govt is really helping to eradicate the matter
     
  10. Naren1987

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    One thing I don't get is, why are our countrymen so dumb?, voting for that leech Pawar.

    Why don't the same moron human rights activists, who'll oppose any Infra that they can, don't demand that the govt build more granaries, for the love of heaven, or how about making sure all our farmers are literate, a literate farmer is a better farmer, don't care what dumb hippies think.
    Or get more agriculturalists, to improve yield.
     
  11. sunny

    sunny 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    Well feed, well breed.
    A hungry man is an angry man.
     
  12. chachachoudhary

    chachachoudhary Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Don't tell me you do not know the truth brother. You know very well how people like Sharad Pawar get elected. Do you think he can become ICC president because of his qualities? Morever, is Sharad Pawar only one responsible for this situation. Is PM so helpless that he cannot kick him out.

    Are other ministers doing any better job?
     
  13. Naren1987

    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Isn't he supposed to be suffering from cancer, why doesn't he die, hopefully a painful death?
    We could use one less parasite.
     
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  14. chachachoudhary

    chachachoudhary Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Ye kaliyug hai. Papi log jaldi nahi marte.

    I remember an incident that happened a few months back. A TV channel reporter was covering the suffering of a Rajasthan family. A man was on death bed. He was the eldest in the family and could not tolerate days of hunger. The village had only few families left. The TV channel caught Mr. Sharad Pawar just half an hour later in New Delhi. Reporter told him a man is dying in Rajasthan because of hunger and many more families will die of hunger if nothing is done immediately. Mr. Sharad Pawar replied "we are taking steps to supply food grains at local shops and these food grains will be available at affordable rates and the hungry families can then buy the supplies from the stores." The man died.
     
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    Naren1987 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Very very true.
    But he has far less leverage with the Congress, he should be kicked out,
    Don't know when they'll grow balls.
     
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