India has 214 million hungry people, says report

July 30th, 2009 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) India has emerged as the world capital of hunger with 214 million hungry people, Vandana Shiva of NGO Navdanya Thursday quoted a report as saying.
“India has emerged as the capital of hunger with 214 million people being denied the right to food,” Shiva said, adding that this was more than the total number of hungry people in sub-Saharan Africa.

India also fairs poorly on the Global Hunger Index where it ranks 94 among 118 countries.

“Fifty-seven million children in India are underweight because of lack of adequate nutrition. This is one third of all underweight children in the world,” Shiva added, quoting the report “Why is Every 4th Indian Hungry?”

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