World Food Day, India at 101st rank in GHI: Country angry over methodology to determine hunger | India News

BATHINDA: On this World Food Day, the reports for India and its food producers are daunting on several parameters. The country is increasing the voice-over method used in determining the Global Hunger Index (GHI) as food producers speak out for its survival. While the low-ranking country of 101st out of 116 countries rated to fight hunger is struggling hard, food producers are dissatisfied with making claims that, despite the food coffers being full, don’t live up to their expectations.
With a score of 27.5 on a scale of 100, India has levels of hunger in the serious category, although it has improved from falling into the alarming category two decades ago. The Department of Women’s and Children’s Development has contradicted the GHI’s methodology, stating that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is non-reality, non-factual and has serious methodological problems. No mention is made of whether respondents received support from government programs during the pandemic.
In contrast, the country’s food producers have been on the streets for almost a year, on a warpath against the central government, while vehemently opposing the agrarian laws that they call anti-farmers (food producers) and that these laws are causing alarming losses bring to them what could further affect India’s rank in the fight against hunger and nutrition.
World Food Day was launched to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 1945. Since 1981 there has been an annual theme with the first theme in 1981 “Food comes first” and for 2021 the theme is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow”.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 2 speaks of zero hunger. It means ending hunger, achieving food security and better nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.
The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Program (WFP) for its efforts to combat hunger and for its driving force in preventing the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.
“The GHI has shown the country its true colors by properly feeding our compatriots. The FAO says that 15.3% of the country’s population is malnourished, and many others do not even have access to food and go to sleep hungry. The government, on the other hand, is unwilling to pay farmers a reasonable price for food production. It is thanks to the hard work of farmers that India scored 27.5 from 38.8 in 2000, but despite all of this, the government is determined to punish farmers rather than reward them and wants business benefits by involving them (companies) in the work of the agricultural sector. The country’s leaders should focus more on fighting hunger and working with the farmers than looking different, ”says peasant leader Jagmohan Singh.
Another farmer leader, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, says farmers are ready to produce more and quality food if the government stands by them and provides various facilities that are used by food producers in various developed countries. It should not only think about benefiting the corporate sector, but be compassionate to its food producers.
In a similar view, Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, the winner of the World Water Food Champion and winner of the 2021 World Food Prize, said in an interview with TOI on July 28th that much of the food produced in the world comes from small farmers and small landowners, which is in Asia is more pronounced. Governments need to ensure that smallholder farmers have good facilities to continue producing food. You need instruments like insurance or low production costs. The government and other partners need to ensure that food production is profitable for smallholders as no one will produce food if it is not profitable.
GHI is a comprehensive tool for measuring and tracking hunger at various levels. Scores are calculated to assess progress and setbacks in addressing starvation malnutrition, child wasting, child growth retardation, and child mortality.