How we eat at the global table

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The Netherlands, France and Switzerland are the three countries enjoying the planet’s cheapest, healthiest and most plentiful diets according to a new Oxfam ‘Good Enough to Eat’ index, while three African countries have the worst.


The Oxfam Food 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.

European countries occupy the entire top 20 except for one – Australia – which ties in 8th place. African countries occupy the bottom 30 places in the table except for four – Laos, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.

Angola and Zimbabwe suffer the most volatile food prices, while the US has some of the cheapest and most stable food prices. Burundi, Yemen, Madagascar and India had the planet’s worst rates of malnutrition, although Burundi and Cambodia were also among the best performers for obesity and diabetes. The US, Mexico, Fiji, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia scored the most poorly.

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