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Indians spend more of their daily income for a plate of food compared to New Yorkers.

Indians spend 3.5% of their daily income on a basic plate of food, whereas a New Yorkers spend 0.5% of their income for the same.

Indians spend 3.5% of their daily income on a basic plate of food, whereas a New Yorkers spend 0.5% of their income for the same.According to the Cost of a Plate of Food report, released by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Oct. 16, people in the state of New York pay only 0.6 percent of their income on a typical plate of food, with ingredients of a simple meal –a soup or a simple stew. This is in contrast with South Sudan, where a shopper would have to spend an astonishing 186 percent of their income to do the same.

According to the report, an Indian spends 3.5 percent of their daily income on a plate of food. In the list that features 36 countries across the globe, India stands at 28th position according to the percentage of money people would pay on a plate of food compared to their salaries.

In particular, sub-Saharan Africa stands out, with 17 out of the top 20 countries in the report coming from this region. A high dependency on food imports and informal labor are among the reasons for this. Such a difference brings into sharp focus the huge inequalities at play between those in developing countries and others in more prosperous parts of the world.

This is the third Cost of a Plate of Food report released by the World Food Programme, which highlights the impact of various factors on people's access to affordable food.

Conflict and climate change have long affected people's ability to afford food across multiple countries, as they are driven from their land and livelihoods and left unable to produce or buy the products they need to feed their families. Now COVID-19 has added another layer to the challenges faced by most vulnerable groups through increased unemployment, loss of remittances, and weak economies that prevent countries from offsetting the worst effects of the pandemic. Market-dependent groups in urban areas are increasingly at risk.

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