Zimbabwe Inflation Slows Down

Month-on-month inflation was steady at -0.1 percent, unchanged from July, Zimstats said in a statement.

The agency said a family of five in Zimbabwe now required US 146 dollars to survive every month.

The PDL represents the cost of a given standard of living that must be attained if a person is deemed not to be poor.

“The Food and Poverty Line (FPL) for an average of five persons in August 2010 was US$ 146.00,” Zimstats said.

The food poverty datum line represents the minimum consumption expenditure necessary to ensure that each household member can (if all expenditures were devoted to food) consume a minimum food basket representing 2 100 kilo calories.

Zimstats said the Total Consumption Poverty Line (TCPL) for Zimbabwe in August for an individual who purchased food and non food items to survive stood at US 95 dollars and for five persons stood at US 477 dollars.

Zimbabwe workers who are mainly civil servants earn about US$ 200 dollars a month while the unemployment levels have remained high as the economy still has to pick up from a decade of collapse. Reuters/Radio VOP