In this article, we will discuss India’s Food Insecurity (As per SOFI). So, let’s get started.
India’s Food Insecurity as per SOFI
- SOFI Report 2021: According to the data presented in the report, the prevalence of moderate to severe food insecurity in India rose by about 6.8 percentage points in 2018-20.
- Increase in Food Security: In absolute terms, the number of persons facing moderate to severe food insecurity has increased by about 9.7 crore since the outbreak of Covid.
- Parameters of Estimation: Estimates on food insecurity presented in the SOFI report are based on two globally-accepted indicators of food insecurity:
- Prevalence of Undernourishment (PoU)
- Prevalence of Moderate and Severe Food Insecurity (PMSFI)
- India and Food Insecurity: India, the country with the largest stock of grain in the world; 120 million tonnes (as of July 1, 2021) accounts for a quarter of the world’s food-insecure population.
- Estimates show that, in 2020, over 237 crore people were grappling with food insecurity globally, an increase of about 32 crore from 2019.
- South Asia alone accounts for 36% of global food insecurity.