In Cyprus, high food and energy costs are forcing people to switch from doing their grocery shopping in malls and supermarkets to the less expensive traditional food markets. Inflation on the island is near double digits and prices of food staples have increased by almost 20 percent in the last year. It means that farmers' markets in Cyprus are becoming more and more popular, with several opening up across the island. Many who are struggling to make ends meet have come to rely on these.
Also, a study by a Cypriot consumer association says more and more people are turning to charities for basic food items. The prices increases have been going on a monthly basis up over the past year. Fish, rice, potatoes, fruits, and even tomatoes, a staple for Cypriot cuisine have almost doubled in price since last year. Inflation is changing everything about how Cypriots do their grocery shopping, from what stores they visit to how much they buy.
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