INDIA SHINING??? Not really though…
On World Food Day the UN with their World Food Programme released some startling facts :
1) Nearly fifty percent of world’s hungry live in India, a low income, food-deficit country.
2) Around 35 percent of India’s population- 350 million– are considered food insecure..i.e. they do not know from where their next meal requirements will come from, consuming less than 80 percent of minimum energy requirements.
3) Nine out of ten pregnant women aged between 15 and 49 years suffer from malnutrition and anaemia.
4) More than half of the children under five are malnourished or are suffering from stunting.
And 70 per cent of the children consume less than 50 per cent of the micronutrients they are supposed to consume. This deprivation, made worse by economic recession could be a healthy future lost forever for an entire generation.
Dr B Sesikeran, Director of National Institute of Nutrition says, “Even those marginally better nourished, will be pushed into the undernourished bracket because of the economic recession. That is a major concern.”
For children less than two years old, this will leave a lifelong imprint.
Some other global facts:
1) Domestic food prices in about 46 developing countries are higher than 12 months ago
2) The number of chronically hungry people in the world, rose in 2008 due to the food crisis & is set to top 1 billion this year
3) Financial crisis + food crisis = 1.4 million to 2.8 million additional infant deaths by 2015
Where the hungry live:
1) The vast majority of the world’s undernourished – 907 million – live in developing countries. Of these 65 percent live in only seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.
Regional breakdown: Asia, 583 million; sub-Saharan Africa, 236 million; Latin America and the Caribbean, 51 million; Near East and North Africa, 15 million.
The human cost of hunger
.One in seven people (adults and children) go to bed hungry each night.
..Hunger (underweight) is No.1 on the list of the world’s top 10 health risks.
…25,000 people (adults and children) die a day from hunger and related causes.
….One child every six seconds dying from hunger and related diseases (or 14,000 children a day).
…..Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
SOURCE: wfp.org, wfp factsheet & ndtv.com