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Large number of households survive on negative strategies

by Stephen Jakes
27 Nov 2023 at 12:37hrs | Views
About 31% of households in the cities and towns engage in negative livelihood coping strategies for survival, with indications that food expenditure share decreased from 55% to 37%.  

This is noted in the current Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) 2023 report focusing on urban areas.

It indicated that the government and partners need to come up with policies and strategies to focus on resilience building, strengthening and capacitation of households to deal with economic and social shocks in order to ensure sustainable livelihoods and economic growth in urban areas.

Indications are that food expenditure share decreased from 55% to 37%. Government is commended for creating positive economic growth which increased household income.

"A low proportion of households (42%) had knowledge on the use of safe water and raw materials for food preparations. About 50% of households maintained good personal hygiene during food preparation. This coverage was low and needs to increase to 80% for public health significance," it reads.

It noted the government is commended for an improved economic environment that has seen average incomes continue on a positive growth from an average of ZWL$15 805 in 2020 to prevailing ZWL$189 304.

"The average incomes are above the Total Consumption Poverty Line, a positive picture that facilitates adequacy. USD income and expenditure was calculated using the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Auction rate for the last Tuesday of January 2023," it reads.

Source - Byo24News