Food in the political economy

Food in the political economy

By Riad Beladi Senior Marketing A11034930_10205337985994812_3354719286698900850_onalyst

 

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What the data is telling us

‘The 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer has shown that as economic pressures increase on households and certain foods become unaffordable, households substitute those foods with cheaper products. These cheaper products have now become unaffordable, leaving households with no further choices but hunger (maize meal increased by 6.98%, brown bread by 8.51%, cake flour by 13.88%, potatoes by 29.42%, chicken by 17.45%, cabbage by 19.25%, fresh milk by 21.64%). The protests that are mushrooming across the country and the increasingly protracted and violent wage strikes are indicative of the situation in which workers can no longer afford to feed their families on their low wages. Unless wages can increase and food prices and the costs of electricity, transport and household debt come down, the working class will soon approach its tipping point and we will enter a new age of hunger riots and food protests.”

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