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Nigeria Market Monitoring Bulletin

  • Special Report
  • Nigeria
  • May 31, 2018
Nigeria Market Monitoring Bulletin

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  • Preface

  • Preface

    In June 2016, FEWS NET released an alert describing the national and regional implications of declining global crude oil prices on the Nigerian economy and subsequent currency depreciation since 2015. Within the context of this national economic shock, more than 3 million people in Northeast Nigeria already face significant food insecurity due to the Boko-Haram conflict. The Nigeria Market Monitoring Bulletin provides a summary of emerging market trends in Nigeria and the broader region. 

    Messages clé
    • Nigeria’s macroeconomic indicators continue to improve. Foreign exchange reserves continue to grow, consumer price index (CPI) reached its lowest level in two years in March 2018, and global crude oil prices remain relatively strong. These trends are helping to gradually bring Nigeria’s economy out of recession. 

    • The value of the Nigerian Naira (NGN) remains well below historical levels but nonetheless continues to steadily improve relative to previous months. Nigeria’s Q42017 positive trade balance improved over the previous quarter, reaching its highest level since 2014. 

    • Maize, millet, and sorghum prices remained stable or slightly above previous months in most markets. Legume prices are higher than both last year and average price levels, due in large part to dryness and an early end to the rainy season. 

    • Prices in northeastern Nigeria are generally higher than other regions as a result of insecurity. Populations depend heavily on market purchases but many markets are either not functioning at all or functioning minimally with limited supplies. 

    • The cost of the Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket (SMEB) for a family of five in northeastern Nigeria increased from December 2017 to March 2018. However, the SMEB in Damaturu and Maiduguri markets have decreased five and eight percent respectively between February and March 2018. 

    • Market demand is expected to increase nationwide with the ongoing month of Ramadan and the beginning of lean season in July. Prices are expected to remain above average until the arrival of the main harvest in October. Above-average demand from neighboring countries of Niger, Chad, and Cameroon is expected due to dryness in these areas during the recent growing season.

    Occasionally, FEWS NET will publish a Special Report that serves to provide an in-depth analysis of food security issues of particular concern that are not covered in FEWS NET’s regular monthly reporting. These reports may focus on a specific factor driving food security outcomes anywhere in the world during a specified period of time. For example, in 2019, FEWS NET produced a Special Report on widespread flooding in East Africa and its associated impacts on regional food security.

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