With a score of 34.1 out of 100, India shares its 100 position at the index with Djibouti and Rawanda (0 is the best possible score and 100 the worst).
On India, the report said that the country's top 1% own more than 50% of its wealth, India is the world's second largest food producer, yet it is also home to the second highest population of under-nourished in the world.
Ranked 100 among 119 developing countries with global hunger index (GHI) score of 31.4, the report states that India's hunger problem is "serious".
India's poor performance brings to the fore the disturbing reality of the country's stubbornly high proportions of malnourished children-more than one-fifth of Indian children under five weigh too little for their height and over a third are too short for their age, IFPRI said in a statement.
Worked out by Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), what should be of particular concern for the country's policy makers is, it ranks worse among its competing countries.
Of the 19 South, East and Southeast Asian countries ranked in the report, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and North Korea have the worst Global Hunger Index scores in Asia, reported BS.
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"Given that three-quarters of South Asia's population reside in India, the situation in that country strongly influences South Asia's regional score". Surprisingly, even North Korea and Iraq are ranked higher at 93 and 78, respectively.
The report, citing from Menon's research, points out that while India claimed a "massive scale-up" of two national nutrition programmes, the Integrated Child Development Services and the National Health Mission, it has failed to achieve adequate coverage.
With 21% of under-5 children suffering from wasting, the report notes, India is one of the very few countries that have made no strides over the last 25 years in checking the prevalence of this indicator.
According to the GHI report, more than a fifth (21%) of children in India suffer from wasting (low weight for height)-up from 20% in 2005-2006. "Only three other countries in this year's GHI - Djibouti, Sri Lanka, and South Sudan - have data or estimates showing child wasting above 20 percent in the latest period (2012-16)".
Joshi appreciated that India has developed and launched an action plan on "undernourishment free India" by 2022.
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