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How much food does your household go through in a
week? What are your go-to family meals? And how much
do you spend on food? You can get a glimpse of how oth-
ers answered these questions in Oxfam's new photo se-
ries, which depicts people from around the globe with
one week's food supply for their families.
Building on an idea that originated with 2005′s Hungry
Planet: What the World Eats, the new images feel espe-
cially timely now, when reports about half of the world's
food going to waste vie for space with news about rising
global food prices. According to a recent article accompany-
ing some of the photos in the UK Independent, "There is
deep injustice in the way food is grown and distributed... the
world's poorest people spend 50-90 percent of their income
on food, compared with just 10-15 percent in developed
As you can probably guess, the families' diets differ de-
pending on where they live. But if there's one common
thread that links these images, it's that we all have to eat.
We all face challenges and successes when it comes to
feeding our families. And we can all help to make the food
system fairer for everyone.
So check out seven highlights below. Then tell us in the
comments: What does your week's food supply look like?
How does your family measure up?
Photo: David Levene/Oxfam
Mirza Bakhishov, 47, his wife, Zarkhara, 37, and two
sons, Khasay, 18 and Elchin, 15, own a small plot of land
where they grow cotton and wheat as well as animal
feed. "Our small cattle and poultry [are] everything for us.
All our income and livelihood is dependent on them," said
VAVUNIYA, SRI LANKA
Photo: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam
Selvern, 70, far right, and her daughters have been
members of Oxfam's local dairy cooperative for four
years. Her youngest daughter Sukitha, second from right,
works at the cooperative and is also trained as a vet.
Selvern gets up at 5:30 every morning to help her daugh-
ters milk their cows; she sends most of the milk to the
co-op with Sukitha and uses the remainder to make
cream and ghee for the family.
Photo: Tom Pietrasik/Oxfam
A week's food supply for Wubalem Shiferaw, her hus-
band Tsega, and 4-year-old daughter Rekebki includes
flour, vegetable oil, and a paste of spices called berbere.
Tsega works as a tailor, while Wubalem follows a long
local tradition and supplements her income with honey
production. An Oxfam-supported cooperative helped
Wubalem make the transition to modern beekeeping
methods, which produce greater yields.
Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos
The Josephyan family with their weekly food supply,
which includes wheat flour, dried split peas, sugar, and
cooking oil. The family supplements their diet with eggs
laid by their chickens and wild greens from the fields.
Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam
Ian Kerr, 30, with his family and a week's food supplied
by a charity food bank. Ian left his job to become a full-
time carer to his disabled son Jay-J, 12. Also pictured are
his daughter Lillian, 5, and mother-in-law Linda, 61. Kerr
says the family's favorite food is spaghetti Bolognese, but
Lillian says her favourite is Jaffa Cakes.
Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam
BiBi-Faiz Miralieba and her family, from left to right: son
Siyoushi, 11, niece Gulnoya Shdova, 14, and children Jo-
makhon, 6, Shodmon, 9, and Jamila, 13. Like many women
in rural areas of Tajikistan, Miralieba is now the head of
her household as her husband has migrated to Russia to
Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam
Ipaishe Masvingise and her family with their food for
the week, which includes grains and groundnuts as well
as fruits like pawpaw and oranges. Masvingise, a farmer,
said she sells extra grain from her harvests to pay for
school fees and medical costs, and to support members
of her extended family who don't own their own land.
VAVUNIYA, SRI LANKA
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