Yemen Market Situation Update - February 2016
As a result of intensified conflicts and airstrikes during the month, several governorates including Taiz, Sa'ada, Marib, Al Jawf, Sana'a and Al Bayda continued to face severe shortage of basic commodities. However, the level of food imports in January 2016 was reportedly the highest since July 2015 which together with the domestic crop production harvested in December 2015 may likely to improve the supply and availability in local markets 1, 2, 3.
The national average price of wheat flour was 7% higher than the pre-crisis period, and varies across governorates. With 70% increase in wheat prices, Taiz governorate continued to suffer the most from the ongoing crisis. Prices of other food items were also persistently more than the pre-crisis levels.
Despite better fuel imports in January 2016 , scarcity of fuel persisted across all governorates due mainly to challenging movements and insecurity that slowed down the supply to fuel stations in local markets. The national average price of fuel remained to be over 55% higher than pre-crisis period although prices have continued to decline since December 2015. The prices of fuel in Taiz is still the highest due to the ongoing active conflict.
The level of food insecurity remained at its highest level ever regardless of some improvements on market situation. Unless the conflict comes to an end and millions of vulnerable Yemenis revive their income sources to cover their needs, the food security situation will only deteriorate further.