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iMMAP - Integrated Market Monitoring Initiative IMMI - NW Syria - Bulletin Quarter 1, 2022

Post date Wednesday, 29 June, 2022 - 12:18
Month(s) covered 2022-01, 2022-02, 2022-03
Document Type Periodic Monitoring Report
Content Themes Markets
Sources Food Security Cluster / Sector


Price of commodities is an overarching indicator that provides key information for many Food Security and Livelihood (FSL) activities. As an outcome of supply and demand forces, commodity price monitoring can give timely insight into many different drivers that influence the functioning of a market, and this is relevant for food assistance and agro-based livelihood programming. The scope of this initiative is based on qualitative and quantitative data collection that is used to monitor the price, availability, and affordability of agriculture and livestock inputs, and food commodities across the targeted geographical locations on a seasonal basis. Monitoring prices and trends of the cost value of selected agriculture and livestock inputs, and food items, provide evidence to inform the FSL Cluster, humanitarian partners/agency members in deciding on Cash Transfer Values for respective agricultural inputs/kits distributions over time and space to support crop and livestock holders in improved agriculture production, the same way the standard food basket and survival minimum expenditure basket (SMEB) values inform cash transfer values for Food assistance programming.


Study Objectives

This initiative aims to monitor the agricultural markets in Northwest Syria (NWS) on a seasonal basis, to assess the availability, country of origin, and prices of agricultural inputs. This report covers the spring/summer agriculture production season of NWS in 2022 1. Furthermore, the initiative incorporated consolidated data of food item prices collected across NWS by two different sources, namely, Cash Working Group-Joint Market Monitoring Initiative-Northern Syria (CWG-JMMI) and Syria WFP VAM. This food items price data was analyzed to highlight the price fluctuation and monthly trends of the Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket (SMEB). The analysis provided an understanding of how food price fluctuations in Syria impact the food security of households.

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