Syria Country Office Market Price Watch Bulletin Issue 14, January 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • Between July 2015 and January 2016, the average prices of main food commodities in Syrian have significantly increased (+55.9% for wheat flour, +28.6% for rice, +54% for subsidized bread, +35% for unsubsidized bread, +55% for pulses, +35% for oil, +64% for sugar and +36% for tea).

  • In January 2016, shortage of fuel was reported in most of the monitored markets. In Deir-ez-Zor the price of diesel reached SYP 1,525/L, which is more than ten-folds compared to the official price (SYP 135/L).

  • Since November 2015, the market prices in Al-Hasakeh governorate have significantly increased due to closure of Nusaybin border crossing with Turkey (wheat flour +12%, rice +17%, butane cylinder +35%, pulses +54%, oil +27%, sugar +56% and sheep +10%).

  • Since January 2015, the price of the food basket in Deir-ez-Zor has increased by 528 percent and in Rural Damascus by 157 percent.