In recent days, there has been some confusion about inflation in Zambia. On 27th October 2016, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) announced a 6.4 percentage-point drop in the annual rate of inflation from 18.9% in September to 12.5% in October.

Some commentators have interpreted the drop in the annual rate of inflation as a fall in actual prices. Ordinary Zambians have been confused because when they go to the shops they don’t see falling prices. Far from it, they see prices still going up.

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By Felix Mwenge

The 2015 Living Conditions Monitoring Survey report has revealed that the gap between the rich and the poor in Zambia is widening. Zambia’s Gini coefficient now stands at 0.69 up from 0.60 in 2010; much higher than the African average of approximately 0.43.

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A new report highlights the importance of "Multidimensional poverty as a basis for formulating poverty reduction policies".

Lack of access to clean Energy and secondary school education attainment remained part of the biggest contributors to acute poverty in Zambia in 2014.

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The impact of the recent Zambian economic slowdown on both businesses and the public is revealed for the first time in research commissioned by the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) as part of its flagship More and Better Jobs project.

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Zambia’s city populations are expanding at an average rate of nearly 4 percent per year and it is projected that Zambia must create 1.2 million new urban jobs by 2025 and 2.8 million by 2035.

A report published today by ZIPAR, the International Growth Centre and Just Jobs Network states that the number of Zambian workers employed in agriculture fell steeply from 71.4 percent to 48.9 percent.  Zambia is witnessing a shift as the workforce moves out of agriculture into services and industry between 2008 and 2014.

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The Minister of Agriculture's decisions to expand national strategic food reserves of maize and to suspend maize exports are both commendable and timely. The decision, which comes in the wake of the El Niño related drought in Eastern and Southern Africa and the resulting looming food shortages in the region, are critical for safeguarding Zambia’s food security and supporting its policy objectives on inflation.

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