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The price developments of key commodities provide a direct indication of the food security outlook for the different regions of Nepal. The ban on export of non-basmati rice put in place by India a few months ago, coupled with increasing fuel prices, fuel shortages and transportation strikes are already showing their impact on the food security situation of the Nepali population, particularly the poor. The WFP Food Security Monitoring and Analysis System (FSMAS) collects and analyses price and market information in 38 districts across the country. This issue of the Market Watch presents an analysis of key price and market indicators collected during the monitoring cycle November 2007 – January 2008 as well as price information collected through the Agricultural Marketing Information System of the Agri-Business Promotion and Marketing Development Directorate of the Department of Agriculture. The analysis reveals that the increased commodity prices have a negative impact on overall household food security situation and that this is likely to deteriorate further as stocks of recent paddy harvest are depleted. Already FSMAS’ survey results show that on average, household food stocks are approximately half of what they were during the same period last year. The situation is particularly worrisome for the extreme poor which make-up about 15% of total population. The extremely poor have no cash reserves and therefore will find it increasingly difficult to cope with increased food prices. Considering the importance of the issue, WFP Nepal is closely monitoring further market developments and is planning to conduct a more detailed study on prices and food availability in the near future.
Publisher:
WFP ,   (2008 )
Type / Script:
Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
RURAL MARKET, GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS, POPULATION MOST VULNERABLE TO PRICE RISE, FOOD PLANNING, INDIAN RICE IMPORTS, COARSE RICE, FOOD TRANSPORTATION, POOR HARVEST, COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, PRICE DEVELOPMENTS, FOOD POLICY, PRICE AND AVAILABILITY, LARGEST PRICE CHANGES, FOOD SHORTAGES, NATIONAL MARKET DEVELOPMENTS, FUEL SHORTAGE, STAPLE FOOD COMMODITIES, FOOD PRICE, INFLATION
Thematic Group:
 WFP : Food and Emergency humanitarian logistict support
Thesaurus:
04.01.01  -  Agricultural Economics And Policy; Rural Sociology
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