Friday, October 16, 2020

The Price of a Meal


 The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)  Cost of a Plate of Food 2020 report highlights the countries where a simple meal such as rice and beans costs the most, when compared with people’s incomes. The price in New York State would be $1.26, just 0.6 percent of someone's income.

In South Sudan it would cost a staggering 186 percent of a person’s daily income. Seventeen of the top 20 countries featured in the index are in sub-Saharan Africa. If a resident in New York State had to pay the same proportion of their salary for a basic meal, the meal would cost US$393.

Burundi, the price would be $90.73

The price in Haiti with consumers spending more than a third of their daily incomes on a plate of food – the price would be the equivalent of US$74 for someone in New York State.

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