Prices – The main imported foods have remained relatively stable with slight changes. For example, rice, sugar and pasta rose slightly by 6%, 4% and 3%, respectively, per kg in Puntalnd. Similarly, camel milk prices rose 22%, 15% and 1% per liter in Southwest, Hishabelle and Puntland, respectively, indicating ongoing shortages. Vegetable oil prices have also fallen by 6%, 3% and 1% per liter in Hirshabelle, Galmudug and Puntland respectively, but prices remain high.
Availability – The availability of wheat flour has increased, which has caused the price to drop in some markets in Banadir and Hirshabelle. This is likely due to the surge in wheat flour in India over the past week. In Galmudug, the supply of imported items is good, however, fresh fruit and vegetables are still scarce due to border restrictions from Ethiopia. In the South West and Jubaland, sugar and wheat flour, which were in short supply last week, are now available as traders order food in bulk for buffer stock. In Puntland and Somaliland, imported food availability remains good across the region. Also in Puntland the supply of fuel in the markets has increased due to the end of the monsoon winds.
Supply chain resilience – Supply chain resilience is good in most areas except restricted areas in Hiiran region like Boloburte. Galmudug’s supply chain for essential imported food also remains resilient in most parts of the region, despite supply chain inefficiencies in some areas. in Somaliland,
Puntland and Southwest, the supply chain of key imported food, remained resilient across regions.
trade logistics – Supply routes from Mogadishu and Bossasso to Boloburte are partially open despite fighting between local communities and insurgents.
However, access via the supply routes is unpredictable. Border restrictions are still in place due to the attack by insurgents in Ethiopia. In Gawan and Hobyo, many shops remained empty as trucks carrying groceries could not reach the main road connecting the city of Galkacyo and the southern regions of the country. The road was blocked by clan militias due to clan and political affiliations in Galmudug state, causing delivery delays. The port of Kismayu is operating normally with the borders of Dhobley, Doolow and Elwak open for cross-border trade