23 April 2015
In February 2015, WFP started remote phone-based data collection and food security monitoring in Iraq through the mVAM (mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping) approach. Survey respondents are contacted via text message (SMS) and live calls, and asked to respond to a short series of questions on food markets and household food consumption and coping.
31 March 2015
- Ongoing conflict and blocked supply lines continue to cause high food prices in Anbar, Ninewa and Kirkuk. Particularly in Anbar, the price differential for wheat flour and sugar with Baghdad has increased substantially since February.
- In Ninewa, conflict has caused food scarcity and high food prices. Here, people’s purchasing power is the lowest of all surveyed governorates, because of a lack of job opportunities and low wage levels. In Anbar and Diyala, purchasing power has fallen by a quarter since February.
- Domestic wheat stocks available for milling are low, as are imported stocks. Crop prospects are uncertain: the conflict has meant less planting, especially across southern and central regions.
11 March 2015
- Conflict has severely disrupted supply lines to Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk, pushing up the price of a basic food basket and causing shortages of fresh fruit, meat, eggs and dairy. In these governorates, reduced Public Distribution System (PDS) distributions are keeping wheat flour prices high.
- In early March, food prices in Salah Al-Din increased significantly due to ongoing conflict.
- In conflict-affected areas, casual labour opportunities are limited and wage rates are low. This is undermining people’s ability to purchase food and other basic goods.
- The prospects for the 2015 winter crop are uncertain in conflict-affected parts of Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Diyala.
31 October 2008
This study analyzes the food markets of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen (ME-ODC Countries), to better understand their dynamics, particularly in light of the sudden flare in food prices.
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