Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lebanon: land of the rich

"Further contributing to Lebanon’s food insecurity are its drastic disparities in wealth. The UN estimates that 28 percent of the Lebanese population lives under the upper poverty line of $4 per person per day, and there is a “wild gap between rich and poor,” says the FAO’s Abbassian.

“From the data we’ve been collecting it seems that… there are pockets of poverty and food insecurity in certain areas in the country,” says Hala Ghattas, assistant professor of community nutrition at the American University of Beirut.

The level of inequality is so wide that the poorest 20 percent of the population accounts for 7 percent of all consumption, while the top 20 percent accounts for over 43 percent. “No matter what food prices are, some people will always be able to access food and some will keep falling below a certain threshold; these are the more food insecure,” says Ghattas."

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