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What $1.25 buys around the globe

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Earlier this month, the United Nations released its 2014 Millennium Development Goals Report, which brought to light the harsh reality of extreme poverty that still exists around the world.

While the world has made progress in eradicating poverty, the report noted that one in five people in developing regions continue to live on less than the international poverty threshold of $1.25 a day.

The poor are concentrated in two regions: sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, where 48 percent and 30 percent of their populations, respectively, are living below the poverty line.

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Even China, known for its stellar economic progress and rapidly-growing wealth, continues to see 12 percent of the population live in extreme poverty.

For a glimpse of what living on $1.25 a day means, we sourced images from around the world to see what food it can buy. Here's what we found out.

1. United States: A five-pack of cheese dip and pretzels

2. London: A box of instant soup

3. Canada: Two chocolate chip cookies

4. Spain: A small sandwich

5. South Korea: Odeng (fishcake) or Ddokbokki (rice cakes)

6. India: Idli and dosa (2 steamed rice cakes and a crepe made from rice batter served with lentil soup)

7. Ghana: A box of rice and chicken

8. Vietnam: A serving of bun dao (cold rice noodles, crispy fried tofu and herbs)

9. China: 10 meat dumplings or a plate of fried noodles

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