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Food accessibility for low-income urban families in the high-density suburbs of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Velempini, Eunice

Titre : Food accessibility for low-income urban families in the high-density suburbs of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Auteur : Velempini, Eunice

Université de soutenance : Mount Saint Vincent University (Canada)

Grade : Master of Ans Human Ecology 1996

Résumé
The objective of this study was to determine the cost of the nutritious food basket for a typical low-income family, through the formal market, in the high density suburbs of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The cost of the basket was compared to minimum wages typical of such families. The 21 food items were priced during the month of July, 1995, for a period of three weeks. The food price survey was conducted in the low density suburbs, city centre and high density suburbs. Three stores and seven supermarkets in each region of the city were randomly selected as locations for the price survey. Data obtained from the each store and supermarket were converted into monthly food basket costs. The mean food basket cost in the high density suburbs was $1,180.52 with a standard deviation of \$74.54. In the city centre, the same basket was priced at $1,101.11 with a standard deviation of \$52.81. The low density suburbs had the cheapest food basket at $1,068.94 with a standard deviation of \$44.36. Single-income households dependent on minimum wages from the agricultural sector would need to spend 4.42 times their income to access the nutritious food basket, while commercial, mining and manufacturing workers on minimum wages would require 2.26 times, 2.15 times and 2.08 times their salaries respectively.

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