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BFAP COVID-19 How SA spend food budgets

One of the key features of any economy experiencing the scale and magnitude of the current COVID-19 outbreak is to assess the ability of people to get access to food. Although South Africa’s rural population depends on some form of own household food production, the majority of the population buy food that is produced by formal agricultural value chains. This short brief describes the current structure of consumer spending, highlighting the differences in income distribution and in consumers’ ability to afford food.

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