20 January 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Guinea, Gambia and Chad have the highest food prices compared to other goods and services, according to research from Oxfam.
The first Good Enough to Eat index compares data from 125 countries to create a global snapshot of the challenges people face in getting food.
In terms of food price volatility, Angola and Zimbabwe were ranked at the bottom of the table.
At the other end of the table, The Netherlands came top for best food price levels, and Japan, Canada and the US are the countries where prices are the least volatile.
The UK - sharing 20th position with Cyprus - is among the worst performers in Western Europe on whether citizens can afford to eat, with only Austrians and Icelanders fairing worse.
The index also revealed that people in the UK face higher prices for food compared to other goods than almost everyone in Western Europe. Austrians and Italians face the same level of pressure while only Cypriots have to pay more.
Oxfam’s Chief Executive Mark Goldring said: “This index lays bare some of the challenges that people face in getting the food they need - regardless of where they come from. The UK’s failure to make the top table is a shocking indictment for the world’s sixth richest country.”
Oxfam is working to help farmers in Cambodia double rice production and make more from what they grow. In Chad, it is helping farmers grow and diversify more crops.