I was moved to read an article in the Times Of India which says India fares very poorly compared to many countries in eradicating hunger.

India may be the second fastest growing economy in the world but it still has a long way to go in eradicating hunger where it is ranked at 94th position well behind neighbouring China and Pakistan, a global report says.

According to the latest Global Hunger Index 2007 from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), although India has improved its score of 25.03 on the index compared to 33.73 in 1990, it is lagging behind China and Pakistan ranked at 47th and 88th positions, out of the total list 118 countries, respectively.

The index is mainly based on proportion of undernourished in the population, prevalence of underweight in children under 5 years and under-five mortality rate. “1 in 7 people go to bed hungry every day. That’s 854 million people worldwide. Hunger is one of the world’s major problems and therefore one of its most important challenges,” say the report’s authors.

What irks me in particular is the wastage of food amongst some of the affluent. A few days back I saw a few youngsters eat in a mall. The amount they wasted was shocking. Almost entire portions was dumped. Do we waste food because we don’t know what to do with the money we earn?

Likewise I have seen huge amounts of food wasted in some company cafeterias. People take big helpings but end up shovelling a lot of it into the waste bin. Do we waste because it is a “free” lunch? Do we do this at home ?

Can we do our bit to eradicate hunger?