Kenya: COVID-19 market surveillance initiative within the info sheet on casual settlements in Mombasa (November 2020) – Kenya

BACKGROUND

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Kenya as of November 29, 2020 was 83,316. To prevent the virus from spreading, social distancing measures have been put in place, including the temporary closure of venues and large public gatherings. While these measures are necessary from a public health perspective, they are likely to negatively affect the market systems on which vulnerable populations depend in informal settlements in Mombasa.

In an urgent response to the growing humanitarian needs in the face of COVID-19, the Kenya Cash Consortium (KCC), led by OXFAM, in partnership with Concern Worldwide, ACTED, the Kenyan Red Cross, the Wangu Kanja Foundation and the Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) are running an emergency money program for the affected population groups in the 39 informal settlements in the sub-districts of Changamwe, Jomvu, Kisauni, Likoni, Mvita and Nyali. The World Food Program (WFP) is also offering cash transfers to approximately 24,000 target households (HHs) in informal settlements in Mombasa County who have lost their incomes and livelihoods as a result of COVID-19.

In order to understand the market systems and inform humanitarian programming in the light of COVID-19, IMPACT initiatives carried out joint market surveillance on behalf of the KCC and the WFP in the informal settlements in the six subdistricts where the KCC and the WFP cash implement utilities. The second round of joint market surveillance was followed by the first round, carried out by IMPACT initiatives in October, and the third round of joint market surveillance, carried out in December 2020.

This factsheet provides an overview of average grocery and non-food prices, inventory levels, the days it takes to replenish, and the challenges the community and retailers are facing in the face of COVID-19. These results are indicative of the locations assessed and the time frame in which the data was collected.

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