Hunger Plagues Millions in India, Despite Impressive Economic Growth
Although India is often described as an up-and-coming economic force with a rapidly growing middle class, millions of Indians still struggle with poverty and hunger on a daily basis.
A recent report from Reuters reveals that 410 million people in India - some 37 percent of the population - live on less than $1.25 per day, and over 43 percent of Indian children under age 5 are underweight for their age.
Undernutrition early in life continues to affect India's poorest as they reach adulthood - for example, only 57 percent of men and 52 percent of women are at a healthy weight for their height in India. Nearly nine out of 10 pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 49 suffer from malnutrition and anemia, and as a result, 28 percent of Indian infants have a low birthweight, continuing the cycle of undernutrition.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is helping put a stop to this cycle with a range of programs that target India's most vulnerable people, including mothers, young children and those who depend on forests for sustenance. WFP's focus in India is to help its people develop the skills and assets necessary to achieve food security. When communities become self-sufficient, they move closer to enjoying the benefits that India's rapidly developing economy has already brought to millions.
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