Malnutrition has been one India’s biggest and most difficult challenges to beat. Despite decades of investment, the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5, 2019-2021) showed almost no improvement in statistics for stunting, wasting and underweight children. Additionally, India ranked 94th out of 107 countries in the Global Hunger Index (2020).
The onset of COVID-19 disrupted food and nutrition supply chains across the country, which further worsened an already dire situation. Against this backdrop, Chirag Chinnappa sat down with Dipa Sinha—Member, Right to Food Campaign and Faculty at Ambedkar University—to understand more about how food rights are viewed by the state, the mechanisms in place to tackle hunger and the impact of the Pandemic on nutrition.