Food for All
No matter what progress is desired socio-economically, it is a sad reality that “Food for All” is a far fetched dream for our country. The Global Hunger Index 2016 ranks India at 97th position, out of 118 countries on the basis of three leading indicators: prevalence of wasting and stunting in children under 5 years, under 5 child mortality rate, and the proportion of undernourished in the population. India is home to the largest undernourished population in the world. According to FAO estimates in ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 2017” report, 190.7 million people are undernourished in India.
- 14.5% of the population is undernourished in India.
- 51.4% of women in reproductive age between 15 to 49 years are anaemic.
- 38.4% of the children aged under five in India are stunted (i.e.,too short for their age), while 21% suffer from wasting, which means their weight is too low for their height.
- Every 1 out of 4 children is malnourished.
However, we can make a deep impact by taking small steps towards Food For All, which may include:
- Carrying out awareness initiatives against food wastage, especially where large scale food production occurs.
- Initiation of a service that allows leftover food from hotels and homes to be delivered to the needy instead of being dumped.
- Using modern data access and technologies to form a cost optimizing dietary plan suited for the region to provide balanced diet to the underprivileged and malnourished.
- Encouraging companies or economically stable families to take food sponsorship programs for those who are not privileged enough.