POOR households were struggling to afford a basic basket of staple foods needed to ensure adequate health and nutrition‚ the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa) said yesterday when releasing its 2013 Food Prices Barometer.
The agency's report on food price increases noted that a basket of 32 food products‚ which formed the basic foods in the shopping trolleys of poor and working-class households in Pietermaritzburg‚ increased 8.75% year-on-year to R1509.34 in September.
Core staples of maize meal‚ rice‚ flour‚ bread‚ potatoes‚ sugar and oil were becoming more expensive and increasingly unaffordable.
Spending more money on these items means poor households have less money available for meat‚ dairy‚ fats and oils‚ and vegetables‚according to the Pacsa report. – BDLive