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What if you had to work a day and a half to afford a simple meal?

In some countries, conflict and other factors mean this plate of food can cost hundreds of dollars. Or so it feels to those who live there...

In richer countries, most people spend a small part of their income on feeding themselves. In poorer nations, by contrast, buying the ingredients for a single meal can erase a significant portion of a person's earnings. Where there is conflict or economic collapse, it can exceed these earnings outright.

Think about how much a simple plate of food would cost you in

Now select a country from the list on the right to see how much in equivalent income the meal would cost there.

In relative terms $0 is what you would pay in This works out to 0% of the average daily income.

There are many reasons why the same plate of food might cost a day's wages in one country and a handful of small change in another - conflict and insecurity, a changing climate, post-harvest losses, fragmented markets, and retail inefficiencies, to name a few. Most relate, however, to the complex network of relationships that form pathways along which food travels from the people who grow, raise or catch it to those who buy, cook and eat it.

Together, we can change this

Mastercard and the World Food Programme have been partners since 2012, working together to reverse the cycle of hunger and poverty by connecting Mastercard's expertise in technology and digital innovation with the World Food Programme's work providing vital food assistance and resilience-building programmes to vulnerable communities. In 2017, Mastercard announced the 100 Million Meals initiative, designed to raise significant funds and "meals" for those in need around the world.

Here's how you can get involved:

We're delivering 100 million meals to help alleviate poverty