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Some Alarming Facts!
India, with a population of over 1.2 billion, has seen tremendous growth in the past two decades. Gross Domestic Product has increased 4.5 times and per capita consumption has increased 3 times. Similarly, food grain production has increased almost 2 times. However, despite phenomenal industrial and economic growth, while India produces sufficient food to feed its population, it is unable to provide access to food to a large number of people, especially women and children.
Facts about hunger in India
- India is home to the largest undernourished and hungry population in the world
- 15.2% of our population is undernourished
- 194.6million people go hungry everyday
- 30.7% of children under 5 are underweight
- 58% of children stunted by 2 years of age
- 1 in 4 children malnourished
- 3,000 children in India die every day from poor diet related illness
- 24% of under-five deaths in India
- 30% of neo-natal deaths in India
About Rs 58,000 crore ie 40% of the total agricultural produce is wasted every year India.India is a significant contributor on account of both pre and post harvest waste in cereals, pulses, fruits and vegetables. it is a huge challenge for a country like India to waste so much of food when many people is spending days in poverty and hunger.
India ranks 63 among 88 countries in Global Hunger Index with 20 crore Indians sleeping hungry on any given night, but in spite of this, nearly 21 million tonnes of wheat are wasted in India each year instead of reaching the needy.