Why India’s Fight Against Hunger Remains In Dire Catastrophe

It is crucial to acknowledge that our critique of hunger alleviation policies in India is not a question of intent but rather an observation of systemic challenges. The numbers paint a grim picture, revealing a situation that demands urgent attention and decisive action.

Dr Geetanjali Chopra
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India's standing in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) for 2023 is nothing short of a dire catastrophe. The numbers paint a grim picture, revealing a situation that demands urgent attention and decisive action. In just one year, India's fight against hunger has not gained an inch but stumbled four steps backwards on the GHI. This year, landing at 111 out of 125 countries, it's a stark reminder that while the world might be moving towards progress, millions of Indian stomachs remain painfully empty. With this stagnant reality laid bare, the question remains: how do we rewrite this narrative of hunger, and finally turn the tide for those who need it most?


In India, a multitude of programmes has been diligently initiated and executed to address the persistent challenge of hunger. Importing and exporting food items in substantial quantities might seem like a swift solution, yet it often fails to address the root causes of hunger. The issue lies not merely in the lack of available food, but in the complex web of socio-economic factors that hinder equitable access to nourishment.

Why Lack Of Implementation Of Policies Is The Critical Challenge

Despite numerous programmes aimed at addressing hunger issues in India, a critical challenge persists in the form of the lack of effective implementation policies. While policy frameworks have been designed with the noble intent of eradicating hunger, the execution often falters due to bureaucratic inefficiencies, insufficient resources, and systemic shortcomings. To combat this, I believe that we need to give more access and availability to healthy food as well as create stronger food systems wherever the underprivileged live.

It is crucial to acknowledge that our critique of hunger alleviation policies in India is not a question of intent but rather an observation of systemic challenges. While the policies are conceived with genuine aims to combat food insecurity, a key impediment lies in the insufficient collaboration between the authorities, NGOs, and corporations. The synergy among these stakeholders is indispensable for the effective implementation and scaling of initiatives. The absence of cohesive partnerships undermines the collective impact that could be achieved through shared resources, expertise, and innovative solutions.

A collaborative approach involving authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and corporations holds the potential to significantly ease the tackling of hunger-related issues in India. By forging partnerships and synergizing resources, these entities can leverage their unique strengths and expertise to create a more comprehensive and impactful strategy. Authoritative bodies can provide the necessary policy frameworks and infrastructure, NGOs can contribute grassroots-level insights and community engagement, and corporates can offer innovative solutions, funding, and logistical support. Another possible intervention could be corporations utilizing CSR’s implementation to further boost their efforts. The convergence of these efforts can lead to a more holistic and efficient response to the complex challenges of food insecurity. Such collaboration not only ensures a more streamlined distribution of resources but also facilitates the implementation of sustainable, long-term solutions. 

Why We Need To Think Beyond Merely Providing Daily Meals


The impact of a collective effort by a multitude of smaller NGOs can outweigh that of a few large corporations in addressing hunger in India. Smaller NGOs often possess a unique advantage – their close, grassroots connections with underprivileged communities. These organizations understand the nuanced challenges faced by those in need, enabling more tailored and effective interventions. The decentralized nature of smaller NGOs facilitates swift responses to local issues, and their ability to establish trust and engage directly with communities ensures that resources are distributed with precision. While larger companies may have substantial resources, the agility, community focus, and personal connections of smaller NGOs make them a potent force in tackling hunger-related challenges on a more intimate and impactful scale.

In conclusion, the battle against hunger demands a concerted effort from authorities, NGOs, and corporations. It's not just about providing immediate relief through community kitchens and food distribution centres, although these are crucial lifelines. It's about fostering sustainable solutions that empower communities to feed themselves in the long run. Authorities must move and actively collaborate with local businesses and farmers to build a resilient and affordable food supply chain. Subsidies on essential items can be a short-term solution, but the real game-changer lies in educating communities about nutrition and sustainable farming practices. This approach transforms individuals from passive recipients of aid into active contributors to their well-being. Technology should be harnessed to its full potential. Mobile apps can revolutionize the way surplus food is distributed, ensuring that no edible resource goes to waste. 

The key is to create a holistic strategy that combines the strengths of various stakeholders. It's not just charity; it's an investment in the future of our communities. A society where hunger is eradicated is not an idealistic dream; it's an achievable reality. By fostering genuine partnerships and committing to long-term solutions, we can create a world where the question of whether one gets a daily meal is not a matter of chance but a guarantee for all.

Authored by Dr Geetanjali Chopra, Founder - Wishes & Blessings

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