Starvation and malnourishment remain a barrier to attaining sustainable development.
Food is directly related to the body, and also a person's mental and social health because each food or liquid contains particular nutrients, which are all necessary for physical and mental growth. According to a report by the United Nations and the Ministry of Statistics nearly one-third (31.4%) of the children below five years of age in India will be stunted and underweight by 2022. According to the government think tank NITI Aayog, merely 9% of infants in India, children between 6 to 24 months of age, receive proper nutrition.
Over the last 20 years, total food grain production in India increased from 198 million tonnes to 269 million tonnes. Despite increase in food production, the rate of malnutrition in India remains very high.
Many elderly live alone or with dependent children or are neglected by their families. They are too old or physically weak and thus unable to find work. They are forced to beg and are often homeless.