The Food Security Atlas on Rural Bihar has revealed that as many as 12 districts in the state are highly food insecure.
The atlas seeks to analyze the various zones in the state on parameters like low yield of food grains, high child mortality, low female literacy and low access to primary health care.
Prof. Abhijit Sen, member, Planning Commission, who was present during the release of the atlas said, "Its purpose is to whet the appetite for debate among the state's policy-makers on ways of designing district-level interventions with the aim to ultimately improve the access of the poor to adequate food."
The atlas, which was prepared by the Institute for Human Development (IHD) in conjunction with the United Nation's World Food Programme (UNWFP), says that 12 districts in Bihar are in urgent need of government intervention. These include Araria, Purnia, Katihar, Banka, Lakhisarai and Darbhanga.
The report also said that food insecurity and child mortality in the rural regions was compounded by low rate of female literacy in the state.