India tops world hunger list with 194 million people: UN report

NEW YORK: India is home to 194.6 million undernourished people, the highest in the world, according to the annual report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released on Thursday.


Report said that the number of hungry people worldwide has reduced from one billion 25 years ago to about 795 million today.

However, India’s contribution in this reduction has been small as her number fell by just 15.5 million.

However, China stood out as the reduction in the number of hungry people was much higher than in India, which came down to 133.8 million in 2014-15 from 289 million in 1990-92.

Along with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG), India missed the goal set up at the World Food Summit (WFS) in 1996 when various governments pledged to reduce the number of undernourished people by 2015.

Out of 172 countries that were being monitored, 29 including Nepal met the WFS goal.

Bangladesh reached the MDG target with the National Food Policy framework which was adopted in the mid-2000s being given credit for this accomplishment.

Pakistan is currently home to approximately 41.4m under-nourished people, according to the UN FAO Hunger Map 2015 about 22pc of the country’s population.

While the number of hungry in India has shown a decline over the last 25 years, the number of under-nourished in Pakistan displays an upward trend.

There were 28.7m hungry in Pakistan in the 90’s a number that has steadily increased between 1990 and 2015, with the seven years between 2005 and 2012 displaying relatively slower growth in the number of hungry people.


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