Monday, October 05, 2015

What the World Eats, Or Doesn't.

Germany: The Sturm Family of Hamburg. 

Food Expenditure for One Week: € 253.29 ($325.81 USD). Favorite foods: salads, shrimp, buttered vegetables, sweet rice with cinnamon and sugar, pasta.

This British family spend just over £260 per week on food.

This family in Chad spend about 80p
Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp.

Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23.
Favorite foods: soup with fresh sheep meat.

'Hungry Planet - what the world eats' has 27 snapshots from round the world of a weekly diet for different families. If you've not caught it yet, Hans Roslings superb BBC programme on ending world poverty is still available on Iplayer, and is really worth a look. It combines brilliant presentation of the stats, with simple stories of how well-targeted aid and help could transform lives.

I showed a selection of the Hungry Planet photos to a school harvest assembly today, where we were collecting for the local food bank. One little boy got it straight away: 'why don't we send all this food to Chad?'

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