Food costs continue to rise: Household Affordability Index

Economic Justice and Dignity Group programme director, Mervyn Abrahams spoke with eNCA's Morena Mothupi. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Women are depriving themselves to feed their families due to the rising cost of food.

The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity Group has released its latest Household Affordability Index.

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It says women are only buying essential foods at the cheapest prices and cutting back on their own nutritional needs.

Programme director, Mervyn Abrahams, said, "our basket of 44 very basic foods has increased month-on-month by R159 or 3.9 percent and over the past eight months by almost 9 percent the cost of which is R342,59."

"Because the food is getting so expensive, households are cutting back on the amount of food that they are buying and because they are cutting back on the amount of food they buy, the person who, more often than not, doesn't get to eat is the mother of the household."


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