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State

ISHI

State ISHI

State

ISHI

State

ISHI

State

ISHI

None

None

Punjab

13.6

Haryana

20.0

Madhya

30.9

Kerala

17.7

Uttar Pradesh

20.9

Andhra

19.5

Tamil Nadu

21.0

Rajasthan

21.0

West Bengal

22.2

Karnataka

22.8

Orissa

23.7

Maharashtra

23.8

Gujarat

24.7

Chhattisgarh

26.6

Bihar

27.3

Jharkhand

28.7

Pradesh

1: Source: NFHS III National Report (200506 data, report published 2007) 2: Source: NFHS III Final Data Set (200506); authors' calculations 3: Source: NSSO 61st round (200405); authors' calculations 4: Note: The categorization of states is done using the same cutoffs for severity as the Global Hunger Index 2008. India’s GHI 2008 score of 23.7 places it in the “alarming” category.

The severity of hunger is reported in Table 3, while the ranking of the 17 states by the India State Hunger Index is displayed below in Figure 1. The severity of hunger is based on the classification of countries by the severity of their hunger index by the Global Hunger Index 2008.

Pradesh Assam

19.8

What is disconcerting to note in Table 3 is that not a single state in India falls in the ‘low hunger’ or ‘moderate hunger’ categories defined by the GHI 2008. Instead, most states fall in the ‘alarming’ category, with one state – Madhya Pradesh – falling in the ‘extremely alarming’ category. Four states – Punjab, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Assam – fall in the ‘serious’ category. The map of the India State Hunger Index in Figure 2 depicts this clearly, and shows that the bulk of Indian states for which the hunger index was estimated are in the “alarming” category.

>30.0 (extremely alarming)

Table 3. Severity of Indian State Hunger Index, by State.

<5.09.9

10.019.9

(moderate)

(serious)

<4.9 (low)

20.029.9 (alarming)

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