Deteriorating outcomes likely as food prices continue to rise
Food prices have continued to rise throughout the country. Through mid-November, the average price for wheat flour, the primary staple, was 57 percent above the pre-crisis level of February 2015. The highest prices were observed in Ta’izz, where the price for wheat flour was 134 percent above the pre-crisis average. Reports indicate that prices are volatile and often higher in more remote areas.
Recent data from WFP mVAM surveys and FEWS NET household interviews indicates that household income has declined as compared to the same period of 2014. Poor households throughout the country are heavily dependent on market purchases for food access. High prices for food and other necessities such as cooking gas, as well as decreased income, are leading to food consumption gaps for many poor households.
UN OCHA estimates indicate that, as of October, approximately 2.3 million people were displaced within Yemen. Available information on household food consumption and coping responses indicates that food security outcomes are more severe for displaced households. About half of those displaced are in Aden, Ta’izz, Hajjah, and Ad Dali Governorates.
A continuation of elevated food prices and reduced household income will likely lead to increasing numbers of people facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes in the coming months.
Source: FEWS NET
- Dec 09, 2015