By Prudence Siabana
The Civil Society Scaling up Nutrition Alliance –CSO-sun- is concerned that the continued increase in prices of foods coupled with the second wave of covid-19 has the potential to affect the nutrition levels and status in the country.
commenting on the basic needs basket which shows an increase in the cost of living from k7, 126 to k7, 404 as at close of 2020, CSO SUN Alliance Country Coordinator Matthews Mhuru says the increase which is as a result of the poor economic factors has contributed to the increased cost of living which has become unreachable for ordinary Zambians to purchase food.
Mr Mhuru notes that even as covid-19 cases and deaths continue to surge on a daily basis, more companies are likely to close down or operate on a half-day basis which will, in turn, affect people’s incomes thereby compromising the household food and nutrition security.
In an interview with phoenix new, Mr. Mhuru has since called on the government to intervene and find a solution to the increasing food prices on the local market.
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