Bangladesh ahead of India on Global Hunger Index
Hossen Sohel for DOT
 Bangladesh has moved 13 notches up to the 75th place among 107 qualifying countries on the latest Global Hunger Index (GHI), well ahead of neighbouring India, reports bdnews24.com, Dhaka Tribune.
 The 2020 Global Hunger Index, jointly published by Concern Worldwide and its partner Welthungerhilfe, was launched through an online event yesterday.
 Last year, Bangladesh was ranked 88th out of 117 countries on the GHI. The country was ranked 86th, 88th and 90th respectively in previous three years.
 According to the latest index, Bangladesh has made significant inroads in curbing child stunting, with the rate dropping by 12.8 percentage points between 2012 and 2020.  But undernourishment remains an issue, with 13 per cent of the population suffering from nutritional deficiencies. It marks a marginal improvement on the rate of 13.8 per cent in 2012. Meanwhile, the under-five mortality rate in the country is 3 per cent in 2020, down from 4.3 per cent in 2012.  “In Bangladesh, we are now looking at a possible doubling of the country’s poverty rate this year for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, Bangladesh is highly vulnerable to a worsening of food and nutrition insecurity caused by the overlapping Health, Economic, and Environmental crises of 2020” said Hasina Rahman, Assistant Country Director, Concern Worldwide.
 “At this crucial moment, we must act together to reshape our food systems as fair, healthy, and environmentally friendly in order to address the current crises, prevent other health and food crises from occurring, and chart a path to Zero Hunger by 2030.” she added.
 Sri Lanka (64th) and Nepal (73rd) are the only countries in the region to fare better than Bangladesh on the index, both with ‘moderate’ levels of hunger. Meanwhile, India (94th) is lagging behind Pakistan (88th) in the rankings with Afghanistan (99th) the only other country to feature in the index.