India’s rank of 107 among 121 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI, 2022), released earlier this month by the aid agencies Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe (CWW), has caused some anguish within the Government of India.
Broad issues with GHI –
What is the first problem with the GHI?
Other variables in GHI –
Way forward –
It must be noted that stunting and wasting is not just because of lack of food (hunger). It is a multi-dimensional problem that requires focus on female education, access to immunisation, and better sanitation facilities. The upshot of all this is that we need a much more comprehensive index, like the Multi-dimensional Poverty (MPI) index of the UNDP, than the GHI to capture the status of the entire population.
Source – The Indian Express
QUESTION – The ‘Global Hunger Index’ has been criticised by the government for being irrational and far away from the larger reality. What are the contentions of the government? How can we improve in the parameters of GHI?