Bangladesh ranked 88th of 119 on global hunger index

Bangladesh continues to remain at the lower end of the Global Hunger Index.

According to the Global Hunger Index-2017 of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Bangladesh is ranked 88 among 119 countries. But it is ahead of India (100), and Pakistan (106).

The country was ranked 90th among 118 countries in 2016.

Bangladesh scored 26.5 in the GHI this year, whereas Pakistan 32.6 and India 31.4, estimated the IFPRI. Myanmar (77), however, ranked better than Bangladesh with the score of 22.6.

Among other South Asian countries, Nepal placed 72nd, Sri Lank (84), and Afghanistan (107).

China ranked at 29th spot in the report.

“India is ranked 100th out of 119 countries, and has the third highest score in all of Asia - only Afghanistan and Pakistan are ranked worse,” IFPRI said in a statement on Thursday.

“At 31.4, India’s 2017 GHI score is at the high end of the serious category. According to 2015-2016 survey data, more than a fifth (21 per cent) of children in India suffer from wasting,” it added.

“Only three other countries in this year’s GHI - Djibouti, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan - have data or estimates showing child wasting above 20 per cent in the latest period (2012-2016). Further, India’s child wasting rate has not substantially improved over the past 25 years,” the statement added.

The GHI, now in its 12th year, ranks countries based on four key indicators - undernourishment, child mortality, child wasting and child stunting.

The report ranked 119 countries in the developing world this year, 52 of which were rated as having ‘extremely alarming,’ ‘alarming’ or ’serious’ hunger levels.

Sharing some good news, the statement said, “The level of hunger in developing countries decreased by 27 per cent since 2000. During the same period, GHI scores of 14 countries, including Senegal, Azerbaijan, Peru, Panama, Brazil and China improved by 50 per cent or more.”

The report, however, mentioned there are many things yet to achieve.