This low-lying country is extremely vulnerable to climate disasters and hosts a large number of refugees from neighbouring countries.
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.