Yemen Market Situation Update - January 2016

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Availability of essential commodities continued to be sporadic in several governorates including Taiz, Sa'ada, Marib, Al Jawf and Al Bayda where conflicts and airstrikes persistently ongoing. However, supply of food commodities has slightly improved in some areas as a result of additional imports and local crop harvest in December 2015.

During the reported period, the national average price of wheat flour was only 2% higher than the pre-crisis period, resulted from relatively better supply of food commodities in local markets in recent months. Taiz governorate continued to suffer from the highest food prices. Prices of other food items were still more than the pre-crisis levels even though dropped from last month following better availability.

Scarcity of fuel persisted across all governorates due to very low level of imports (fuel imported in December only covered 15% of the monthly needs). The national average price of fuel remained to be over 80% higher than pre-crisis period although prices have declined by about 50% in January 2016 compared to December 2015. The prices of fuel in Taiz continued to be the highest due to the ongoing active conflict.

Despite some positive changes on the market situation, as the conflict persisted, millions of severely food insecure Yemenis continued to suffer from lack of access to food and other basic necessities due to their diminished income sources and seriously eroded coping strategies.