Madhura Swaminathan

Madhura Swaminathan is Professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. She was a member of the Government of India's High-Level Committee on Long-Term Grain Policy.

In India, the problems of chronic hunger and malnutrition persist on a massive scale. The prevalence of malnutrition is one of the highest in the world, higher than in some very poor countries of sub-Saharan Africa. According to the 2007 Progress for Children Statistical Review by the United Nations Children's Fund, the proportion of underweight children below the age of five -- an indication of malnutrition -- was 28 per cent in sub-Saharan Africa and 42 per cent in South Asia (43 per cent in India).