A recent survey by Gallup indicates that a sizable number of people in various economic situations reported at times lacking money for food with the number in Ghana reported to be as high as 53%.
According to Gallup the current spike in global food prices is likely to affect substantial numbers of sub-Saharan Africans who were already struggling to afford food. A median of 57% of residents across 28 countries that Gallup surveyed in 2009 and 2010 said there were times in the past 12 months when they did not have enough money to buy the food that they or their families needed. This percentage for Ghana was 53%.
The results show a wide range in people’s ability to afford food in this region, even before the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ food price index hit a record high in February. What’s more, a median of 38% of sub-Saharan Africans in 2010 told Gallup they were “finding it very difficult to live on their present income,” up from 31% in 2009.
Those who are finding it very difficult to live on their present income are the most likely to say there were times in the past year when they did not have enough money for food. That said, sizable minorities — and in some cases large majorities — of those who say they are “living comfortably” or “getting by” also say this. In Ghana as many as 68% of the population said they find it very difficult to live on their present income