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Haiti: Price Update for Port-au-Prince and Jacmel – April 2, 2010

- In the seven regional markets monitored (Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien, Les Cayes, Jeremie, Gonaives, Jacmel, Hinche, Port-de-Paix, and Ouanaminthe), the prices of staple foods remained stable during the March 23 to 29 period. The prices of rice, wheat, and wheat flour fluctuated based in large part on food aid distributions; those prices are still around 20 percent higher than their pre-earthquake levels.

- The Croix-des-Bossales market in Port-au-Prince is well supplied various food commodities, and the number of traders and buyers is nearly at pre-earthquake levels. The majority of the metropolitan population that had migrated to other departments in the aftermath of the earthquake has returned, and the insecurity that had disrupted the normal operation of the market has significantly reduced.

- Food aid rice is being sold on the Croix-des-Bossales market and may have accounted for about 20 to 30 percent of the total sales of rice on this market in the last ten days. On March 29th, its price was 120 gourdes per 6-Ibs marmite, compared to 150 gourdes for the imported Tchako rice. The food aid rice originates from relief distributions in Port-au Prince. The price of the Sheila variety (a locally produced, luxury rice) increased slightly, reportedly due to increased household purchases for the Easter holiday.

(Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS NET))