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Zimbabwe has scrapped duties and the requirement for import licenses for basic food items to reduce food prices

12 May, 2023
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Zimbabwe has scrapped duties and the requirement for import licenses for basic food items in an effort to reduce the cost of food in a renewed cost-of-living crisis.


The measures followed the setting up of a government taskforce to investigate spiraling food prices.

According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews Net), a global network of partners reporting on food insecurity, bread, sugar, and wheat flour prices increased by about 40% in Zimbabwe between February and April.

It said maize meal prices shot up by nearly 60% and rice and vegetable oil prices increased by about 20%. The government blames businesses for using the black market rate to price their goods.

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