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State of Food Security and Nutrition

A new publication (published by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WHO, and WFP) reports that, following on two decades of declining hunger, the number of chronically undernourished people in the world increased to 815 million in 2016, up from 777 million in 2015. Approximately 190 million of these people live in India, according to the report.

Trends in Nutrition Outcomes and Determinants in India

While India has made significant progress in nutrition incomes for women and children over the past ten years, this progress has not been uniform across states, and several regions still lag behind national nutrition and health trends and program implementation.

Bihar's Burden of Child Stunting

The Indian state of Bihar has very high rates of child stunting, estimated at 48 percent in 2016 by the International Institute for Population Sciences.  This average masks disparities at the district level which are needed to implement policies to target malnutrition. A recent paper in Economic and Political Weekly provides a disaggregated district- level analysis of child stunting in the Indian state of Bihar.

Impact of Universal PDS on Nutritional Intake in Odisha

Odisha’s Kalahandi-Balangir Koraput region (KBK), which covers 8 of Odisha’s 30 districts, suffers from one of the highest rates of poverty and undernutrition rates in India. A recent paper in Food Policy investigates the effect of reform in India’s Public Distribution System (PDS) in the KBK region on nutritional intake and diet quality.

The 2016 Global Hunger Index

According to the 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI), India has made substantial progress in reducing hunger, falling by 25.4 percent since 2000.  The GHI, jointly published by Concern Worldwide, Welthungerhilfe and IFPRI, is a tool designed to track hunger at the country, regional and global levels and to assess progress in combatting hunger. The GHI’s aim is to raise awareness and understanding that will support actions and commitments to reducing hunger.

Global Nutrition Report 2016: India's Opportunity

India features prominently in the recently released 2016 Global Nutrition Report. The report focuses on the recent nutrition-related progress and commitments made globally against malnutrition and identifies opportunities for action, with a particular focus on the commitments and actions necessary to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

Risk factors for Chronic Undernutrition in Children

A paper in Social Science and Medicine investigates 15 risk factors for chronic undernutrition among children in India. This research is especially relevant considering that nearly 40 percent of the world’s stunted children live in India and that despite decades of high economic growth, the prevalence of undernutrition remains high.

Stop stunting in South Asia

Globally, 25 percent of children under 5 are stunted.

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