Global Hunger Index or GHI is the tool fabricated to implement and analyze data based on hunger statistics on a global level. It allows a comparable measure to revolve among the varying 116 countries across the globe in hunger demographics. Among the seemingly large myriad of 116 countries, India ranks at 101st, causing it to fall into the serious criterion with a score of 27.5 from among the five conniving levels.

What’s the Significance of GHI?

GHI is designed toa ‘tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional and national levels’which helps in providing a noteworthy census of hunger levels about each country and to act accordingly to assure services in the most vulnerable countries to aid them with additional resources. Below is a given complex GHI data demographics for India and worldwide.

Indian GHI Census (2009-2021)


The GHI indicator values, scores and rankings worldwide are only comparable within each year’s report and not between different years’ reports. The previous year (2000) demographics were better than 2021 falling on the 94th rank drooping behind Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In 2021’s computation, the countries that are on the worse scale levels than India are found to be 15; Nigeria, Afghanistan, Congo, Mozambique, Liberia, Madagascar, Timor-Leste, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Somalia and Central African Republic.

Where is the Census Implemented at?

The GHI data is formulated by Concern Worldwide(Ireland) and Welthungerhilfe(Germany). These collaboratively work to tackle poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countriesas is stated.

There are basically four girth value indicators: Child Wasting(low weight for height), Child Stunting(Low height for age), Under-Nourishment and Under 5 Mortality. The details from the four are compiled and issued annually.

The GHI scale includes markings from 0-100 with country at 0 being the best and country at 100 being the worst in the respective condition. The scale marks 5 palpable groups; Low (below or equal to 9), Moderate (10-!9.9), Serious (20-34.9), Alarming (35-49.9), Extremely Alarming (more than or equal to 50).

Reasons for the Uprising GHI Scores in India

  • The relative income (average income of a particular individual or section or a community in comparison to national average income) of a group of people has been on the declining course gradually. This has recessed their capability to afford food supplements in accordance to their needs.
  • The agricultural produce has also been adversely affected due to underlying reasons such as; land fragmentation, poor farm productivity, shifting market prices of farm output, soil infertility, rise in costs of ploughing machines, etc.
  • The type of job taken up by a group of people is less likely to be any remunerative.
  • PDS has been functioning at an inconsistent rate and with improper course of action.

Global Hunger Index or GHI has been a detrimental indication for the countries at serious, alarming and extremely alarming scale values. Indian government in peculiar should dig through the relevant causes behind the rise in GHI scores and take precise steps to eliminate them along with working on the existent above mentioned reasons.

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