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

Key highlights

• In the last two consecutive rounds, the absolute minimum expenditure required for the survival of a typical smallholder household has risen in all regions and cities of the country. In urban areas, SMEs grew by an average of 6.5 percent, while the rural north saw an increase of 5.8 percent. In the Central and South regions, SMEs rose by a total of 3.1 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.

• The national average corn price for the second half of August 2021 was 143 MK / kg, a slight increase of 2.1 percent compared to the average price recorded in the first half of the month in round 35 of the data collection. In July corn grain was sold at an average price of 130 MK per kg, 10 percent less than the current price.

• The price of beans fell to 998 MK / kg, which indicates a tiny decrease (0.2 percent) from 1,000 MK / kg in early August and no price change since July.

• Cowpeas and pigeon peas are traded at national average prices of 592 MK / kg and 458 MK / kg, respectively. Cowpeas rose in the overall average price by 4.1 percent compared to the July average price of 569 MK, while the prices for pigeon peas fell slightly by 0.4 percent.