I stumbled across this forum post on the China Daily boards that attempts to show how life looks like for the average person living at the recognized “poverty line” across the world through the universal medium of food. Here is the prelude to the pictures:
Starting from the oft-quoted $1 per person, per day U.N. figure, we attempted to calculate our own national figures, creating a visual portrayal of items found in a given country that could be bought by a person living at the poverty line. For developed countries, where there is relatively updated household consumption data, we focused on the average daily amount that a person at the poverty line would spend on food. For developing countries, we used the average amount that a person at the poverty line earns and spends each day.