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Nutrition challenge

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May 15, 2009 | From the print edition
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Fifty per cent child deaths are due to malnutrition



Down to Earth 230 million people in rural India are undernourished

Down to Earth They account for 27 per cent of the world's undernourished population-the highest for any country

Down to Earth Almost 40 per cent children below three are underweight and 45 per cent are stunted

Down to Earth Incidence of anaemia has gone up since 2001--from 74 per cent
to 79 per cent in children below five and from 52 per cent to 56 per cent in young women

Down to Earth 40 per cent women suffer from chronic energy deficiency

Down to Earth Food security index is based on several parameters like food availability, access to nutrition and sanitation. This is different from the definition of food insecurity that equates it to food availability

Down to Earth States with index value below 0.5 are less food insecure. Kerala is the least food insecure

Source Report on the State of Food Insecurity in Rural India, December 2008, brought out by the World Food Programme and M S Swaminathan Research Foundation.

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