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Friday, 17 January 2014

New global food table: Europe feasts while Africa fasts

Oxfam has published the 'Good Enough to Eat'index, a global snapshot of 125 countries indicating the best and worst places to eat. It reveals the different challenges that people face depending on where they live. According to the index, three northern European countries enjoy the planet's cheapest and healthiest diest, while three African countries have the worst.
The Netherlands is the best food performer in the global food table – followed closely by France and Switzerland – while at the other end, Chad is 125th in the rankings, below Ethiopia and Angola.
In fact, European countries occupy all but one of the top 20 places in the index – the 8th place being jointly occupied by Australia – while African countries make up 26 of the bottom 30 countries in a food-based snapshot of global inequality.
The other four countries at the foot of the table are Laos, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.
“With European countries occupying the majority of the top 30 spots, they run the risk of turning away from the suffering of the world’s one in eight going hungry each night,” said Natalia Alonso, the head of Oxfam’s EU Office.
“There is more than enough food to feed those people,” she added, “yet European leaders are failing to fix the policies that take it off their plates.”
The index measured the quality of people’s food by its diversity, their access to safe drinking water, and the extent of unhealthy outcomes such as diabetes and obesity levels.
Access to food were assessed by checking levels of malnutrition, while affordability was measured by food price volatility and price levels relative to other goods and services.
Interestingly, the study found that inequalities within European nations were beginning to be reflected in the statistics.

Source: EurActiv