India's child wasting rate was recorded at 19.3 per cent, the highest in the world. Pakistan (99), Bangladesh (84), Nepal (81) and Sri Lanka (64) have all fared better than India.
The cost of this paper sensor will come to approximately Rs 40 to 50, whereas the cost of commercially available tests for Vitamin-D in hospitals and labs is around Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000.
According to a UN report, the pandemic continues to expose weaknesses in our food systems, which threaten the lives and livelihoods of people around the world.
The pandemic exacerbated women's nutritional challenges, as an additional 3.2 crore reported being worried about food sufficiency in their households, the report showed.
Adding to the population’s woes is the Union finance minister’s Budget speech which did not even mention the MGNREGS.
Experts blamed poor implementation processes, lack of effective monitoring, siloed approach in tackling malnutrition and poor performance by large states behind the low ranking.
The GHI report 2020 also revealed that South Asia and Africa South of the Sahara have the worst hunger conditions among global regions.
All the traditional medicine systems of India place emphasis on food and diet, and have sophisticated knowledge on the subject, the AYUSH ministry said.
The Central government is also developing Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh - a repository of an indigenous crop of every region, every district of India.
The scheme is called ‘Thenamrith’ and the nutrition bar will be made under the supervision of the agriculture university.