How bad is India’s malnutrition problem?
An interview with Dipa Sinha on the extent of the malnutrition problem in India and the reasons why things are as bad as they are.
The release of the global hunger index report has once again turned the spotlight on food insecurity in India.
While overall levels of undernourishment in the population remain unacceptably high, the figures for chronic undernourishment among children are particularly alarming.
I spoke to Dipa Sinha, who is an associate professor of Economics at the Dr BR Ambedkar university in Delhi and is one of India’s leading experts on the issue of malnutrition.
It was a wide-ranging conversation where we spoke about the Indian government’s criticism of the global hunger index; the reasons for malnutrition in India; the role of the Indian diet and the green revolution; the incredible importance of the public distribution system, and more.