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Bangladesh ranks ahead of India, Pakistan in GHI index

 International Desk

 Published: 03:03 PM, 15 October 2021   Updated: 05:27 PM, 15 October 2021

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Bangladesh is ahead of India and Pakistan in South Asia in the Global Hunger Index (GHI). Bangladesh ranks 76th out of 116 countries in the 2021 GHI index. Pakistan and India, on the other hand, rank 92 and 101 in this index.

However, in 2020, Bangladesh was ranked 75th out of 107 countries. As such, Bangladesh has declined one step in the GHI index this year. Besides, Nepal is also jointly at no. 76 with Bangladesh.

The information was given in a report published by Global Hunger Index (GHI) on Thursday.  

According to a report by NDTV, neighboring Pakistan, Bangladesh and even Nepal have overtaken India. India’s other neighbor China tops the list.

Meanwhile, India has fallen further in the global hunger index. According to the latest published report, the country has declined seven steps. In 2021, India ranks 101 out of 117 countries in the world. In 2020, the country was ranked 94th on the list.

Each year, the Irish volunteer organization ‘Concern Worldwide’ and the German organization ‘Welt Hunger Hilf’ jointly determine the amount of hunger among the countries of the world. Issues such as the contemporary economic situation of a country, child health and inequality in the distribution of resources play a crucial role in this regard.

The GHI is based on four factors – malnutrition, height in children under five years of age, mortality, weight compared to height. India’s position is overall disappointing, but it has improved in under-five mortality or malnutrition among children.

In the list of 2021, India’s place has dropped 7 steps to 101st. List makers have described it as “terrible”. India is followed by Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Congo, Liberia, Mozambique, Yemen and Somalia.

In 2020, a survey of hunger was conducted among people in 108 countries. At that time, India was at number 94. Since then, India’s GHI score has been steadily declining. In 2000, India’s GHI score was 38.6, while between 2012 and 2021, India’s score dropped to between 28.8 and 27.5.

However, the situation of neighboring countries is much better than India. According to the latest GHI index, Myanmar is ranked 81, Nepal and Bangladesh are jointly ranked 76 and Pakistan is ranked 92.

However, 18 countries like China, Brazil and Kuwait are in the best position in this list of Global Hunger Index. These countries have GHI scores below 5.

According to the current GHI forecast, 47 countries will not be able to achieve their goal of reducing hunger by 2030. “Food safety” has been disrupted in a number of ways, the report said. These factors include conflicts, climate change, coronavirus-related health and financial challenges.