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Overall objective of the Rapid Market Assessment (RMA) is to look at the impact of recent Rohingya influx on the local markets and evaluate the functionality of local markets of the area where new Rohingya Refugees mostly concentrated in order to support the designing of the response modality by the humanitarian actors.
The RMA specifically intends to look at the following issues related to functionality of local markets –
 Capacity of the local markets
 Market stability
 Price situation of the main food commodities
 Supply mechanism and restocking mechanism
 Accessibility of the Rohingya Refugees as well as most vulnerable local Bangladeshi nationals to the local markets


As Rapid Market Assessment (RMA) is very quick, a simple methodology was followed to gather information related to market functionality. Information was collected from 3 sources – Traders (retailers and whole sellers), Market Management Committee and Community people of the market catchment areas. Individual interview with 8 traders from 6 markets were done. FGD was done with 6 community groups and 6 market management committees to triangulate the information provided by the local traders

Key findings: 

Key findings from the survey are -
1. Number of average daily customers has increased significantly. It has doubled during the RMA survey compared to normal time.
2. Price of all main food commodities (rice, ata/flour, pulses, soybean oil, potato, sugar and salt) has increased.
3. Price of main food commodities may increase over next three months as reported by all of the traders interviewed.
4. Local traders are maintaining 50% to 75% of their full capacity of storage of main food commodities. They are able to increased it by 10% to 40% (small retailers – 10 to 20%; big retailers and wholesalers – 20 to 40%) to meet if there is increased need
5. For main food commodities most of the trader’s current stock is able to meet the 2 to 3 day’s current daily need.
6. Local supply system is functioning. Retailers purchase goods from local wholesalers and able to replenish the stock within 24 hours. Big retailers and wholesalers purchase goods from Cox’s Bazar and Chittagong wholesale markets. They are able to replenish the stock within 2 to 4 days.
7. Local market are well connected with district and divisional wholesale hubs. Transportation system (road) is well functioning except some traffic related problem.
8. People irrespective of Bangladesh nationals, and Rohingya refugees (old and new arrivals from Myanmar) have access to local markets. But as price of food items are increasing people who do not have cash income will face difficulties in accessing food and other essential commodities.

Assessment Report: 
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Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
20 Sep 2017 to 23 Sep 2017
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Action against Hunger
Cox's Bazar
Market Assessment
Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugee Crisis 2017-2020