Despite the improved index, India still compares poorly to African nations like Ghana and Suriname and its neighbours, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Why, when we are a grains-sufficient nationon October 1, against a buffer requirement of 21.2 million tonnes of rice and wheat, we had
52.44 million tonnes in the public stockhave we not been able to beat hunger After all, even with a 30% loss due to pilferage and storage & transport losses in the PDS, there is enough grain to feed the hungry. The answers are many but the most pertinent one could be the link between poor sanitation and malnutritionPrinceton University researcher Dean Spears found that open defecation was one of the factors responsible for stunting in Indian children. Many pathogens transmitted, through contaminated food or water, cause diseases characterised by nutrient loss or poor nutrient absorption. With 53% of Indian households without access to sanitary toilet facilities, it isnt surprising that malnourishment rates are so high. Perhaps, it is a better idea to fix sanitation to end hunger.