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India, sanitation key parts of global malnutrition: IFPRI | LiveMint

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Sayantan Bera of LiveMint has covered IFPRI's new Global Food Policy Report, including the chapter on sanitation by Dean and Lawrence Haddad.

Middle-income countries such as India key to reducing global hunger: report

"New Delhi: Five fast-growing economic powerhouses—Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico—are home to half of the world’s hungry and hold the key to reducing global malnutrition, says a report released on Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a Washington-based global think tank.

The number of people afflicted with hunger in these middle-income countries is 363 million and governments need to redraw existing food systems to effectively combat it, says the Global Food Policy Report.

"The report observed that reduction in open defecation can contribute significantly to lowering the number of malnourished children. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has embarked on an ambitious Swachh Bharat sanitation drive that envisages building 120 million toilets over five years and ending open defecation by 2019."

The report was also covered by IPS : "Middle income nations home to half the world's hungry."

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