The Global Hunger Index 2022 ranks India at 107 among 121 countries. Afghanistan is the only country in South Asia that performs worse than India on the index. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, prevalence of undernourishment in India declined from 2005 onwards, but the trend was reversed beginning in 2016. From 13.3% in 2017, it rose to a 14-year high of 16.3% in 2021.
The Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 or NREGA is an Indian labour law and social security measure that aims to guarantee the right to work. In the past, NREGA has been an effective tool to reduce hunger in the country. In this episode of The Suno India Show, host Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to Nikhil Dey, a founding member of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, a peasant and worker’s organisation. He explains how NREGA has weakened over the years and what can be done to reduce hunger in India now.
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