The first and foremost problem to address is the limited access of food to the people.The irony is that hunger is reported parallel with new heights of food production. One major factor is the purchasing power of its citizens. Statistics reveal that poverty- stricken (BPL) families spend approximately 70% of their income on fulfilling nutritional requirements while families that lie above poverty line spend only 30% of the income on the same.
Moreover, hygienic food sounds like an unfulfilled dream for them. And, constantly increasing prices of basic food itemsworsens the situation. Considering that 200 million Indians sleep hungry every day, hunger is the factor that causes maximum deaths.
Unfortunately, food producers themselves are sufferers of malnutrition despite being the highest contributing sector to the Indian GDP (13.7%).Lack of investment in agricultural infrastructure like warehouses, irrigation canals, seeds etc. escalates the problem even more.
It’s essential to understand the gravity of the issue and the fact that supplying malnourished people with mere left-overs isn’t an effective solution.And, the story just doesn’t stop at mal-nutrition; it has further consequences like Tuberculosis and Pneumonia. ‘Stunted ‘growth or malnourishment among children affects the possible increment in the future income of the already poor families, leaving them with almost no hope.
The problem continues to persist despite constant efforts by the Government and other organizations.