Fifty per cent child deaths are due to malnutrition
230 million people in rural India are undernourished
They account for 27 per cent of the world's undernourished population-the highest for any country
Almost 40 per cent children below three are underweight and 45 per cent are stunted
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
40 per cent women suffer from chronic energy deficiency
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
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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