In India, 74% can’t afford a healthy diet: UN agency report

Syllabus: Poverty and hunger

Context

While food prices remain relatively low in India, a healthy diet is unaffordable to nearly three-fourth of the people given their low incomes

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

  • The report, ‘State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World’ (SOFI) 2023, published last month, shows that while the cost of a healthy diet has increased in recent years in India, it is still the lowest among the BRICS nations (including the newly added six countries) and India’s neighbours.
  • However, the share of people who are able to afford such a healthy diet is still low: India features at the bottom of that list since income levels are stagnant or going down.
  • SOFI is published by the Food and Agriculture Organization and jointly produced with fellow United Nations agencies.

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