Global Citizen is a community of people like you

People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges. Extreme poverty ends with you.

Food & Hunger

10 stunning photos of meals from around the world

By Christina Nuñez|

Flickr: World Bank Photo Collection

Whether you eat to live or live to eat, we all understand the impotance of food. It sustain us by giving us the energy to get through the day and is a huge factor in our overall health.

I know, I know, this isn't exactly groundbreaking stuff.

But our food is so much more than just energy entering our bodies; it has meaning. Not only do we each have specific tastes and distastes, but the food we eat is dictated by our culture. If we’re lucky our parents and grandparents will pass on their favorite recipes to us so that we may do the same for our children and grandchildren. In this way, our traditions stay alive.

Have a look at what food and its preparation looks like in 10 places around the world:

1. Basque Country, Spain

Friends share a typical Basque meal of tuna, anchovies, morcilla, and txistorra.

2. Jamaica

Flickr: Clint McMahon

In Jamaica, Jerk Chicken is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike.

3. Thailand

Flickr: Earthworm

A woman prepares food from her garden, including oyster mushrooms seen in the large bowl.

4 .Rajasthan, India

Flickr: Michael Foley

A grandmother and mother prepare Roti, an Indian bread, made from stoneground wholemeal flour.

5. Switzerland

A college student is taught how to prepare Raclette, a cheese dish similar to fondue.

6. Islas Flotantes, Peru

Flickr: Morail

An Uro woman prepares dinner on one of Peru’s famous floating islands.

7. Ethiopia

Flickr: stu_spivack

Spicy vegetable and meat dishes are served on top of Injera, a large sourdough flatbread made of fermented teff flour.

8. Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Flickr: Malaberia

Orphans prepare dinner for the rest of the children at the Jamaa Letu "Our Family" United Methodist orphange.

9. Morocco

Flickr: Tijen Erol

A mother and son prepare for dinner.

10. Gambia

Flickr: Xavi Talleda

A woman prepares a salad while the rest of her meal cooks over the fire.


Regrettably, not everyone on our planet enjoys food in the same way as those of us living above the poverty line. For the 1.2 billion people who live on $1.50 a day, meals lack the diversity, nutrition, and bounty that people living in wealthier countries take for granted.

We have the power to change this. There is already more than enough food on the planet to feed everyone, we just need to change distribution systems that keep people poor.

----

Christina Nuñez

Conversation