A mother with her daughter in Baran, Rajasthan, India.


Although food security is improving, the world’s largest democracy still has a lot to do to tackle its high malnutrition levels.

With a rapid rise over the past few years, India is now one of the top five world’s largest economies.

The country is showing continuous improvements with a high life expectancy, literacy rate, and health conditions. However, among its 1.3 billion inhabitants the conditions for those living in some regions are comparable to those of some of the world’s poorest countries.

Undernutrition in India is the result of widespread poverty, rapid population growth, pockets of weak governance, poor health systems and unreliable national indicators. These issues are compounded by the social factors of caste, ethnicity, religion and gender.

According to the 2020 Global Nutrition Report, India is currently off target on a number of global nutrition targets, including reducing the number of wasted (low weight-to-height) children under five, and adult obesity, diabetes and anaemia rates.

Country facts

  • 1.3BN

    India is the world's second-largest country by population.

  • 129

    India ranks 129th out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index.

  • 37.9%

    Almost 40% of children under five in India suffer from malnutrition.

Bhumika's storyBhumika receives treatment at an Action Against Hunger health centre in India.

Bhumika's story

After visiting one of our malnutrition treatment centres in Baran, northern India, three-year-old Bhumika now has the chance to go on to live a full, happy and productive life.

A strong start

Action Against Hunger’s work in India

Our teams in India have developed numerous projects focusing on nutrition, food security and livelihoods and water, sanitation and hygiene.

We deliver programmes to provide children with therapeutic food and supplements to treat and prevent severe acute malnutrition. We’ve also scaled up our community-based management of acute malnutrition programmes to improve the way we diagnose, treat and prevent malnutrition.

To further improve the impact of our work, we’ve strengthen our collaboration with local governments to share the responsibility of tackling malnutrition in regions across the country.

Learn more about our work in India

Our reach

  • 113,076

    We reached more than 100,000 people in India in 2019.

  • 184

    We have 184 staff based in New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and elsewhere.

  • 4,532

    More than 4,500 children benefitted from counselling and home visits to tackle malnutrition.

Save lives todaySunita and Bhumika at home after receiving treatment from Action Against Hunger.

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