o The Food Reserve Agency (FRA) has purchased about 477,000 MT of maize from farmers, accounting for nearly 95% of its target.
o Formal maize exports, primarily to Zimbabwe have gone down by 42 percent.
o Maize prices have generally been stable but have continued trending above the fiveyear average and 2020 levels.
o The cost of the Basic Needs and Nutrition Basket has declined.
o The annual inflation rate has slowed down, but food inflation has continued rising.
o The Kwacha has appreciated by 16% against the United States dollar.
o The outlook for the 2021/22 rainfall season is favourable. However, flooding is a threat in the Barotse Floodplain and Kafue Flats