Minimum Expenditure Basket in Malawi - Round 36: 23 -27 August 2021 - A Look at Food Prices and Availability in Times of COVID-19

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Key Highlights

• In the latest two consecutive rounds, there has been an increase in the absolute minimum expenditure required for the survival of a typical smallholder household across all regions and cities in the country. In urban areas, the SMEB increased by an average of 6.5 percent, while the rural North observed a 5.8 percent increase. In the Central and Southern Regions, the overall SMEB increased by 3.1 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.

• The national average maize price for the latter half of August 2021 was MK 143 per kg, rising slightly by 2.1 percent from the average price recorded during the first half of the month in Round 35 of data collection. In July, maize grain was selling at an average price of MK 130 per kg, 10 percent less than the current price.

• The price of beans fell to MK 998 per kg, indicating a minute decrease (0.2 percent) from MK 1,000 per kg recorded in early August and demonstrating no price change since July.

• Cowpeas and pigeon peas traded at national average prices of MK 592 per kg and MK 458 per kg, respectively. Cowpeas increased in overall average price by 4.1 percent from the July average price of MK 569, while pigeon pea prices decreased slightly by 0.4 percent.