Market situation update for September 2017. Key highlights include:
- Supply and availability of food and fuel commodities in September 2017 generally remained similar to August 2017 and maintained the prevailing improvements observed during the past couple of months which are attributed mainly to improved imports and better integration of markets. The cash and commodity voucher programmes by humanitarian agencies are also believed to encourage better market supply.
- Prices of basic food items in September 2017 largely remained unchanged from August, but some increases on the prices of fuel commodities was observed during the reporting month. However, prices of all commodities continued to be much higher than in pre-crisis period.
- The average cost of the minimum food basket in September maintained similar level like in August 2017, but 29% higher than it was before the crisis.
- According to Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) indicators in September 2017 compared with seasonal trends, normal situation prevailed for wheat flour, vegetable oil, red beans, and the cost of the minimum food basket. The ALPS indicator for sugar continued to be at crisis.