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Minimum Expenditure Basket in Malawi - Round 37: 6th - 12th September 2021 - A Look at Food Prices and Availability in Times of COVID-19

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Key Highlights

  • The Survival Minimum Expenditure Baskets (SMEBs) continue to rise across the country. In urban areas, the SMEB has marginally increased by 0.1 percent, while in rural areas of the Northern and Central Regions it increased by over 6.5 percent. Households in the rural Southern Region experienced a 4.5 percent increase in their expenditure. It is expected that the baskets will continue to increase in the coming weeks as the 2021/2022 lean season approaches.

  • Maize grain is trading at the Government’s minimum farmgate price for the first time since April this year. During the current round, maize grain is trading at MK 151 per kg, slightly above the recommended MK 150 per kg minimum price.

  • Beans are selling at MK 1,041 per kg, a record high price in the last six months. The price of beans jumped from an average of MK 1,000 per kg in the previous month to MK 1,041 per kg in the current month, representing a 4.1 percent increase.

  • The prices of cowpeas and pigeon peas have increased by 5.9 percent and 15.5 percent, respectively, since August 2021. Between the last half of August and the first half of September 2021, the price of cowpeas increased from MK 592 per kg to MK 627 per kg. During this same period, pigeon pea prices rose from MK 458 per kg to MK 528 per kg.