the Syrian Arab Republic

the Syrian Arab Republic

Read more about FAO in emergencies and the Syria crisisThe seven-year Syrian crisis has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and injured countless civilians. As conflict continues, some 6.3 million people remain displaced inside the country. Another 5 million Syrian refugees are living in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, where needs far exceed the resources of host governments and communities. The conflict in Syria is compounded by deepening nationwide hunger with more than half the population unable to meet their daily needs due to factors including heavily constrained humanitarian access. As a result of a real or perceived improved security situation in parts of the country and some supply routes opening, trade is slowly recovering throughout Syria, markets are performing better, and more than 470 000 people have returned home since the beginning of 2017.

Yet, the uncertainty of the conflict continues to result in new displacements, with numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs) increasing in seven out of Syria’s 14 governorates. Despite slightly decreasing in parts of the country, high food prices continue to put pressure on families. Food shortages have resulted in people adopting negative coping strategies. For example, some 50 percent of Syrian households have reduced the number of daily meals and more than 30 percent have restricted the consumption of adults to prioritize children ...read more

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More about the country

 - Hassan Al-Hassan, a Syrian farmer in his 50s known to the locals as Abu Hasan, remembers how difficult it had been in the past few years ...read more
12/12/2017
 - Strong cereal harvests are keeping global food supplies buoyant, but localised drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, according to the new ...read more
07/12/2017
 - Twenty-six-year-old Sene has been living in a “container city” in southern Turkey since 2014, when she and her family arrived after fleeing Syria. While studying at ...read more
29/11/2017
 - Key messages Some 6.5 million people are food insecure and a further 4 million are at risk – twice as many as last year – due to ...read more
25/11/2017
 - Before the Syrian crisis started in 2011, agriculture was a major part of the country’s economy, employing nearly half the population. More often than not, it ...read more
14/11/2017
 - With funding from the European Union, more than 3,400 school children in Syria are benefiting from highly nutritious fruit and vegetables through a first-ever school garden and nutrition ...read more
29/08/2017
 - As schools resume next week in Syria, thousands of school children are benefiting from a food and nutrition education programme that is using school gardens to teach ...read more
29/08/2017
 - As schools resume next week in Syria, thousands of school children are benefiting from highly nutritious fruit and vegetables through a new school garden and nutrition education ...read more
24/08/2017
 - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes the UN Security Council's recognition of conflict as a major cause of famine, and the call to enhance longer-term recovery ...read more
17/08/2017
 - FAO intervention in Syria for the Cereal campaign 2016-2017.
28/07/2017