In comparing the amount of meat consumed in the West and that consumed in the developing world per year, Ritchie reports that “The average Ethiopian consumes just 7 kg, Rwandans 8 kg and Nigerians 9 kg.” She adds, “This is 10 times less than the average European.”
According to WorldAtlas.com, seven of the countries listed as the ones that consume the least meat are found in Africa. These are Burundi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Mozambique, Gambia, and Malawi.
Another country that consistently makes it into the list of the least meat-consuming countries is India. The country is described by WorldAtlas.com as mostly made up of vegetarians. Other Asian countries that consume the least meat include Sri Lanka, Indonesia, North Korea, and Nepal.
However, it is vital to realize that the low levels of meat consumption in parts of the developing world have to do with affordability. Ritchie agrees and notes that in some of these countries, meat is still considered a luxury.