The fuzzy numbers on child malnutrition
Lack of data makes it hard to draw firm conclusions from the hunger index
Child malnutrition is a national shame. The loud debates about this issue have often drowned out the nuances. Millions of Indian children are malnourished because of a combination of factors ranging from poverty to poor sanitation to inadequate use of micronutrients to lack of gender rights.
The latest global hunger index released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a global think tank on food security, has led to premature celebration in India. And it is not just because child malnutrition in India is now identified in the accompanying report as a serious problem while it was earlier described as an alarming one.
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