Government preparing a white paper to challenge Global Hunger Index rank for India

Other News Materials 18 November 2021 02:03 (UTC +04:00)

Two experts associated with the paper write how such dramatic rankings can lead to inappropriate policy decisions in the long run, Trend reports citing Indian media.

Hunger is a complex construct with emotional overtones, defined in the dictionary as having a desire, craving, or need for food, and this term should be used with extreme care. However, rankings like the Global Hunger Index (GHI) which placed India very low - 101 out of 116 nations - in their latest ranking, use this term loosely and raise the false spectre of widespread dietary energy deficit leading to undernutrition, with potentially inappropriate policy responses.