Here's A Visual Tour Of Poverty-Level Eating

Jan 21, 2015

The Poverty Line project seeks to define what poverty means in each country. First started in China in 2010, the series is a collaboration by photographer Stefen Chow and economist Hui-Yi Lin that has expanded to include 24 countries across six continents. Their simple goal is to increase awareness and encourage discussion of poverty and food issues in countries around the world.

Poverty Line's use of a "universal food lens" seeks to examine the food choices individuals have to make while living at the poverty level within the context of their own country. By first calculating a per-person and per-day cost of food based on each country's poverty line, Chow and Lin were able to produce a visual representation that is truly eye-opening.

Noida, India.


Cabbages. 32 Indian Rupee / 0.60 USD

Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Apples. 11.08 Emirati Dirham / 3.02 USD.

Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Pointed Cabbages. 4.83 euros / 6.27 USD.

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Hong Kong.


Dragon Fruit. 44.96 Hong Kong Dollars / 5.77 USD.

Antananarivo, Madagascar.


Bananas. 127.37 Malagasy Ariary / 0.64 USD.

Beijing, China.


Plain Buns. 6.30 renminbi / 0.99 USD.

Arles, France.


Black Rice. 5.60 Euros / 7.68 USD.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Bananas. 2.33 Brazilian Real / 1.23 USD.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Instant Noodles. 4.17 Malaysian Ringgit / 1.33 USD.

Bangkok, Thailand.


Fried Tofu Cubes. 52.87 Thai Baht / 1.71 USD.

Geneva, Switzerland.


Pasta. 7.97 Swiss Francs / 10.25 USD.

Kathmandu, Nepal.


Limes. 32.88 NPR / 0.45 USD.

Credit: The Poverty Line | Stefen Chow

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