Household access to basic goods and services continues to be constrained due to limited incomes. A more stable macroeconomic environment is likely to create the conditions needed to strengthen the household’s purchasing power in the near future.
The report is based on markets from 45 districts/domains (21 rural and 24 urban); the previous reporting period covered 43 districts (20 rural and 23 urban).
Major food commodities
The prices cereals increased on average by 7% in December. Meanwhile the price of sugar beans and cooking oil remained stable throughout the review period. The cereal price increases are a factor of increased demand against poor supply, while the stable prices are a direct result of stabilisation in the macroeconomic environment
Supply of maize grain has remained critically low at 3% of the markets across 15 of the 45 monitored Districts; while maize meal availability has been relatively stable month on month being available in 44 districts and in 62% of monitored markets.
Availability and price of sugar beans and cooking oil remained stable during December with very little variations between rural and urban settings.