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United Kingdom contributes to FAO’s work in Syria and Lebanon

21/10/2013 - 

The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) is donating £10 million to FAO humanitarian projects in Syria and Lebanon.

Part of the United Kingdom’s contribution will go towards boosting winter wheat and barley production in Syria, where more than 4 million people are food insecure.

FAO is targeting 25 000 farming households affected by the crisis in the main cereal production areas of the country. Households will receive wheat and barley seeds, distributed by local partners who are still able to reach farmers.

The United Kingdom’s assistance means that each of these households will receive the seeds needed to plant one hectare of land during the traditional sowing season, which runs from October to December.