Market situation update for March 2016. Key highlights include:
- Due to the intensified conflicts and airstrikes during the month in several governorates including Taiz, Sa'ada, Hajja, Shabwa, Marib, Al Jawf, Sana'a and Al Bayda, essential commodities continued to be sporadically available into local markets. The level of food imports in February 2016 was lower than the previous month which also led to the poor supply. The domestic crop production in 2015 was estimated to be 30% lower than last year which could add more pressure.
- The national average price of wheat flour was 9% higher than the pre-crisis period (ranging from 1% in Amran to 72% in Taiz). Average price of red beans were 35% higher than pre-crisis (ranging from 5% in Hadramout to 81% in Taiz). Prices of other food items were also persistently more than the pre-crisis levels.
- Fuel imports in February was much lower than in January 2016 which resulted in severe scarcity of fuel across most of the governorates. The national average price of fuel remained to be over 52% higher than pre-crisis period (ranging from 3% in Al Mahra to 179% in Taiz). The prices of fuel in Taiz is still the highest due to the ongoing intensified conflict.
- Given the fact that livelihoods of the majority of Yemeni households have been seriously disrupted and coping mechanisms are severely eroded, the high level of food insecurity may likely to remain unchanged, could even deteriorate further in areas such as Taiz, Sa'ada, Hajja, Al Jawf, Al Bayda and Marib governorates that are suffering from the continued conflicts and airstrikes.