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Nepal Ahead Of India, South Asian Neighbors In Reducing Hunger

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The Global Hunger Index has revealed that, Nepal is way ahead of India and its other South Asian neighbors in the campaign to reduce hunger.

The 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) was released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The Himalayan nation has been ranked 72nd out of 119 countries on the GHI.

Whereas, India ranked 97th on the 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI).

According to the Index the Himalayan nation saw rapid improvement in reducing hunger and is nearing the ‘moderate’ level from the ‘serious’ category.

This has happened largely due to a decline in undernourishment, child stunting and child mortality, the Kathmandu Post reported.

The GHI calculation does not include higher-income countries and countries with small populations. Nepal’s GHI score was in the ‘alarming’ category in 2000.

Among South Asian countries, Nepal is ahead of Sri Lanka (84th), Bangladesh (90th), Pakistan (107th) and Afghanistan (111th).

The GHI considers a score above 50 as being extremely alarming, 35-49.9 alarming, 20-34.9 serious, 10-19.9 moderate and below 9.9 low.

Despite Nepal’s progress, there are still deep inequalities within the country, the report said. “As we fight the scourge of hunger across the globe, we must understand how inequality contributes to it.


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