The cost of living for a family of five in Lusaka as measured by the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection –JCTR- Basic needs and nutrition basket for the month of October 2023, has increased byKk148.70 from K9, 146.06 in September 2023 to K9,294.76.
The upward adjustment has been attributed to an increase in food items such as roller mealie meal which increased from K217.14 per 25kg bag to K229 per 25kg bag and beans which increased from K35.21 per kg to K48.55, among other escalations of commodities.
JCTR Social and Economic Development Programme Manager Muchimba Siamachoka says it is essential to closely monitor factors such as inflation, fluctuating commodity prices and overall economic conditions which have impacted the overall pricing dynamics in the country.
Ms. Siamachoka suggests that to effectively tackle the high cost of living, government should proceed with its plans to distribute maize grain directly through the food reserve agency to communities as a short-term measure to mitigate the impact of the rising cost of mealie meal.

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