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Here's why you should be worried about India's slipping rank in Global Hunger Index

Recently, India has had the ignominious achievement of being ranked at 100th, out of 109 countries, on the Global Hunger Index. GHI is a multidimensional Statistical algorithm that considers the hunger at local, national and global level. The compound data thus results in a score which is then used for ranking all participating countries. India slipped to the 100th position from 97th in the previous year. Many political parties consider this slip in rankings a huge issue because India is a developing country and the rank on GHI undermines the otherwise positive outlook on economy.

India was scored at 31.4 points, putting us in the serious end of GHI. The index ranges from 0 to 100, with 0 being the best and 100 being the worst. GHI algorithm is based on four main parameters:

• Undernourished population (1/3rd weight),

• Child wasting (1/6th weight),

• Child stunting (1/6th weight), and,

• Infant mortality rate (1/3rd weight)

Stunting is the deficiency in height in comparison to average person of the same age, wasting is related to weight in the same context. Stunting is a direct result of chronic malnutrition, whereas wasting comes from acute malnutrition.

In India there is a huge gap between the have’s and have not’s. As a consequence, there is great resource availability to the higher end income earners and very poor availability to the people struggling to survive on minimum wage. This kind of demographic results in phenomena called as food wastage, because, poor people can’t afford it, and rich people have more than they need. As a result, FCI storage units see a lot of wastage, despite various government schemes to give free food to BPL card owners.

In a developing country like India, Food wastage is an alarming issue, mainly because cumulatively we produce enough agricultural products as per our requirements, but unfortunately due to economical imbalance, the food stock is just sitting there in storage units. According to the United Nations Development Program, up to 40% of the food produced in India gets wasted. We’re not only wasting food, but also the massive effort that goes behind producing it such as fertilizers (provided by the govt. on a subsidized rate), electricity, transportation and storage costs. Surprising as it may be, all the other ancillary costs come out to be much more than the original cost of the food item.

Taking a cue from this, we at Dabbagul work on a pre-planned delivery model wherein food wastage is minimized. The advantage of being a subscription-based delivery system is that we have an accurate estimate of the food we need to prepare on a daily basis as opposed to an on-demand model wherein one needs to be prepared for spikes and troughs. We believe that this is our small contribution towards making India a Low food wasting country and ensuring that our country performs better in GHI in the future.

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