Lusaka, 21 December, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have decried the increase in food prices in Zambia and are calling on the government of the Southern African nation to consider increasing support to the agricultural sector.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, December 14, JCTR officials say food prices have an influence on Zambia’s cost of living and inflation.
The Jesuit scholars say food prices in the Southern African nation “have a strong influence on inflation over the years, and thus potential food shortages may cause a rise in the cost of living.”
“The JCTR also recognizes the importance of food items in influencing the cost of living and achieving nutritional outcomes, and thus advocates for increased support to the agricultural sector,” they say in the statement dated December 12.
They further say that the agriculture sector employs about 70 percent of Zambians “and is the principal income earner for people living in rural areas.”