A balancing act
You may not have done the sums, but if you push a trolley around a supermarket regularly, you’ll know that the price of food has shot up alarmingly this year.
South Africa’s multi-discipline Bureau for Food & Agriculture Policy (BFAP) has done the sums, and they are horrifying because they lead to this conclusion: 40 to 60% of South Africans can’t afford to eat healthily.
Speaking at the World Nutrition Congress at the University of the Western Cape last week, hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, BFAP consultant Hester Vermeulen said the severe drought, deteriorating exchange rate and other factors had led to a “massive spike” in food prices.
Article by Wendy Knowler for the Times Media Group. Read the full article here.