Poverty Lines Around the World Shown Through Photos of Food

Unlike the fabulously rich, those living at or under the poverty line in countries around the world have to make tough choices regarding what they eat on a daily basis. “The Poverty Line” is an ongoing project by photographer Stefen Chow and economist Lin Hui-Yi that shows how much food people living at the poverty line in various countries can buy.

The photos above show the different options in China, where 26,880,000 people live on ¥3.28 ($0.49) per day. Each image shows what one poor person can buy in one day.

France: €5.60 ($7.68)

Nepal: रू33 ($0.45)

Australia: A$7.52 ($8.02)

Thailand: ฿52.87 ($1.71)

Chow recently gave a talk at TED@Shanghai introducing his project:

The Poverty Line (via American Photo)

Image credits: Photographs by Stefen Chow and used with permission

  • Elliot

    I like this projects and I think it would also be a good idea to compare what you can buy in different countries with the same amount of money. The results would be dramatic I believe. By the way, this is a way better feature to see on PetaPixel than the rich kids of Instagram.

  • Jeremy Madore

    Agreed on all counts.

  • Herr_Synnberg

    I know Stefen personally and he’s one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I wholeheartedly appreciate this initiative of his and hope it builds more awareness about poverty.

  • Steve Stevenson

    Why is there such a bad fake vignette added to these photographs?

  • interested

    i think a description of the items (what they are/nutritional value) would increase the impact of the images…