Yemen Market Situation Update - April 2016

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• In April 2016, further deterioration of availability of basic food commodities were reported from several governorates mainly due to scarcity of fuel that affected transportation of goods and movements of traders. The level of food and fuel imports in March 2016 was the lowest since October 2015. Governorates including Taiz, Sa'ada, Hajja, Shabwa, Marib, Al Jawf, Sana'a and Al Bayda were among the most affected in terms of poor supply of commodities in local markets.

• The national average price of wheat flour was 12% higher than the pre-crisis period (ranging from 4% in Amran to 70% in Taiz). Average price of red beans were 30% higher than pre-crisis (ranging from 12% in Hajja to 99% in Shabwa). Prices of other food items were also more than the pre-crisis levels in most of the governorates.

• The national average price of fuel remained to be over 50% higher than pre-crisis period - during the reporting period, average price of diesel increased by 35%, price of petrol rose by 55% and that of cooking gas by 65% compared to the pre-crisis levels. The prices of fuel in Taiz continued to be the highest due to the ongoing active conflict while lowest prices recorded in Al Mahra.

• The poor supply of essential food and non-food commodities coupled with severely reduced income levels due to disruption of livelihoods during the conflict as well as the impact of the devaluation of Yemeni Riyal against US Dollar are expected to worsen the precarious food security situation of millions of vulnerable population in Yemen