Investing in job growth for conflict-affected Syrians

Investing in job growth for conflict-affected Syrians


Seven years of conflict has displaced 6.3 million Syrians within the country and forced another 5.4 million to seek refuge, mostly in neighbouring countries including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

In Iraq, 97 percent of the 247 000 Syrian refugees live in communities or camps in northern Iraq. FAO provided training and equipment for greenhouse vegetable production for refugees in two camps in Dohuk and Erbil governorates. The income from vegetable sales enables these families to buy extra food and other necessities. The support also means that camp residents and people from surrounding communities can now purchase vegetables throughout the year, enhancing their nutritional intake.

In Turkey, which hosts more than 3.2 million registered Syrians, FAO provided refugees and members of their host communities with training on agricultural production and conservation methods. Participants received hands-on professional experience at Turkish companies and participated in job fairs where they explored long-term employment opportunities. Originally from the Syrian province of Jarabulus, Kefe is doing work-training at a dried fruit packaging factory in Gazientep, which is providing her with a real hope for her future, “I’ve learned many new things in this factory,” she said. “I can work right away, I am not anxious about it.”

By increasing workers’ employability, the support will boost household incomes among both refugees and their host communities, increase the quality of food products, and improve agricultural productivity thanks to a more skilled labour force.