15% food price inflation puts lower income households under pressure

A report compiled by Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) has highlighted an alarming rate of food price increases.

According to the report conducted in the Pietermaritzburg area, lower-income households there have been most affected purchasing basic food staples such as maize, potatoes, sugar and cooking oil.

25kg bag of maize meal has increased by about R55.

She says households are forced to cut back on healthy fresh foods like vegetables and prioritise what she terms the 'big foods'.

These are the maize, rice, cake flour, cooking oils and sugar.

Julie Smith, PACSA advocacy and research co-ordinator

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to research co-ordinator of the NGO, Julie Smith, regarding how the research was conducted and what it means for social justice.

She said the group's concern with escalating food prices is it results in families not having access to various types of food and thereby compromising quality of life.

Listen to the interview below:

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