ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Investigating the Hunger Index

Evidence from Karnataka

The Global Hunger Index has directed attention to several methodological issues in understanding hunger. An attempt is made to formulate a Karnataka District Hunger Index using a modified version of GHI’s methodology, developed by the International Food Policy Research Institute. The findings show that backward pockets in the state have a higher hunger index, which also holds for socially and economically backward populations. The database at the subregional level should be strengthened for a better understanding of hunger-related issues.

Authors are grateful to the anonymous referee for their insightful comments and suggestions, which were useful in revising the article.

According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) Report of 2016, the developing world has made significant progress in reducing hunger since 2000 (von Grember et al 2016). Around 30% of this reduction is found in developed countries. The report also indicates that this progress is not equally distributed across regional, national, and subnational levels. Huge disparity can be observed among and between countries. The GHI is found to be the highest in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

These insights have relevance in the Indian context as well. Although India has a large population, substantial geographical area, and a higher level of economic activity compared to other South Asian countries, its human development indicators are average. Likewise, in the hunger index, its performance among the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries is average.

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Updated On : 12th Apr, 2019
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