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FAO provides agricultural training as part of a larger initiative to build the resilience of Syrian refugees and their host communities in Turkey.

FAO agricultural training to Syrian refugees, like Yunus, and to host communities in Turkey is part of a larger initiative aimed at building resilience. ©Robin Hammond/NOOR for FAO
28/09/2018

Yunus Yunus was working as a finance manager at a textile company in Syria when conflict drove him to leave his homeland. Yunus, 54, his wife and their six children have lived in Turkey for five years.

“Even though it's hard to leave my country and integrate with a new community, it’s still better than living under bombs and without safety,” Yunus says.

Turkey hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country. Turkey also needs skilled and semi-skilled labourers in the agricultural sector, especially in livestock production, greenhouse cultivation, and the harvesting and processing of various crops (olives, cotton, pistachio and citrus and stone fruits).

FAO has provided agricultural training to Yunus as part of a larger initiative to build the resilience of Syrian refugees and their host communities in Turkey.

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