CONTEXT & METHODOLOGY
To inform humanitarian cash programming, REACH conducted a Rapid Market Monitoring (RMM) of 12 major markets in northwest Syria (NWS), in response to the rapidly depreciating Syrian Pound (SYP) against the US Dollar (USD). The 12 markets were Afrin, Al Bab, Atareb, Azaz, Dana, Daret Azza, Ghandorah, Idleb, Jandaris, Jarablus, Maasaran, and Sarmada. This is the second RMM conducted across these markets this year. The 21 October RMM is available here.
The REACH team identified these 12 markets as supplying key commodities to a large number of communities. This RMM assessed the availability and prices of the 18 items that comprise the Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket (SMEB; for SMEB components, please see our regular monthly Market Monitoring Exercise (MM)), which represents the minimum, culturally adjusted items required to support a 6-person household for a month. The commodities are typically sold in markets and consumed by average Syrian households. Items include fresh food and bulk food, non-food items (NFIs), water, fuel, and cell phone data. , enumerators attempted to collect three minimum price-points per item per market.
The data for this RMM exercise was collected by REACH on 4-5 December 2019. Data collection was conducted both remotely and directly through market vendor key informants (KIs) in markets which are usually covered by the MM. Comparisons were made to the November 2019 MM. Findings should only be considered as indicative of the current prices in the assessed markets as reported by market vendor KIs. The RMM dataset is available on the REACH resource centre.