India ranked 94 among 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2020 and continues to be in the
“serious” hunger category, though it has made some progress, particularly since the enactment of
National Food Security Act.
Last year, India’s rank was 102 out of 117 countries.
The neighbouring countries of Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan too were in the “serious” category but ranked
higher than India in this year’s index as has been the trend for several years.
While Bangladesh ranked 75, Myanmar and Pakistan were in the 78th and 88th position respectively. Nepal and
Sri Lanka were in 73rd and 64th position and were in the “moderate” hunger category.
India’s score has decreased consistently, a positive sign in this ranking, from 32.2 in 2010 to 31.1 in 2018 and last
year the score was 30.3.
In the 2020 report, India’s score stood at 27.2. Going by this pace of progress, it is likely to take some more years
for India to be in the “moderate” category. Countries that have scores between 10 and 19.9 are categorised as
The report said 14% of India’s population was undernourished and the country recorded a 37.4% stunting rate
among children under five and a wasting rate of 17.3% . The under-five mortality rate stood at 3.7%.