India and its neighbours have suffered a food security shock, according to the report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
India has fallen to the fifth-worst food-producing nation in the world, with the country struggling to meet its own food needs.
The food crisis has left more than 40 million people in India without enough food to eat, and more than 200 million people without enough to drink, according the report released on Friday.
In India, malnutrition is a growing problem, affecting up to 4.6 million children and more, the report said.
India also has the highest death rate in the OECD.
The WHO has said India is one of the countries in the region with the highest infant mortality rates.
The report also found that India’s economic growth has slowed since the government imposed a food tax in February 2018.
India’s GDP contracted 7.5 percent in the last quarter of 2018.
The IMF report warned that food prices in the country could rise as much as 40 percent, and India could be forced to import more food.
It also warned that the impact of food price hikes could be more severe in India, as the country has limited access to the global markets.
India, which has struggled to meet food needs since 2016, has a poor infrastructure and low-wage workforce.
The IMF also noted that there are no long-term measures in place to improve food security for the population, and the country needs to boost investment in food security and nutrition.