April 7, 2020
India’s abysmal record on hunger has intensified after the COVID-19 pandemic after being worsened by demonetisation. A survey showed that 77% of tribal families, 76% of Dalits and 54% of Adivasis said their food consumption decreased in September-October 2020 as compared to the pre-lockdown period. Meanwhile, anaemia among women of reproductive age continues to soar – with 51.4% of those aged 15 to 49 are affected. Why hasn’t India been able to beat chronic hunger? Dr Jean Drèze speaks to All Indians Matter on this national crisis.