India may have an abysmally low rank in a global index on battling hunger, but a UN expert believes it will change for the better - sooner rather than later.
India may have an abysmally low rank in a global index on battling hunger, but a United Nations expert believes that it will change for the better -- sooner rather than later.
UN assistant secretary-general Gerda Verburg, on her maiden visit to India, said she was highly "impressed" by the country's pace and inclusive working method.
"I am aware that there are many challenges in India. But the progress in India will be sooner rather than later. It is my expectation not only in the Global Hunger Index (GHI), but also in nutrition, Verburg told PTI.
India ranks a low 97 among 118 developing countries in GHI, but Verburg, who is also the coordinator of the UN's Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) movement, said India was dealing with the issue in a dynamic way.
The SUN movement, which started in 2010, works collaboratively with 59 countries to end malnutrition. States such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand are members of this movement.
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