INGESTED CALORIES
RWANDA
FRANCE
Total calories
1821
3632
Animal calories (%)
3
40
Cereal equivalent
0,6
3,4
EXPLANATION FACTORS (1992 data)
RWANDA
FRANCE
Gross Domestic Product per inhabitant ($)
250
22260
Cultivated land per inhabitant (hectares)
0,17
0,34
Education rate
58
99
Inhabitants per active farming handworker
2
46
Urbanization rate
6
73
Average lifetime (years)
47
77
Food consuming rate per food groups (per year, in kg per inhabitant, from 1992 data)
The roots for hunger
The food consumption model of Rwanda is typical of a poor and rural country, based on self-subsisting conditions. The income per inhabitant is 100 times lower than the French one and the cultivated land is twice smaller.
The total calories rate daily ingested is one of the lowest in the world and the staple diet is nearly entirely vegetarian. The animal calories represent only 3% of this staple diet. The Rwanda people are one of the bigest eaters of roots, tubers and bananas plantain in the world. Pulses provide the necessary proteins.
 

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