Iraq faces serious food security concerns due to conflict
25 June 2014, Rome – Iraq is facing serious food security concerns following the recent escalation of conflict in the country, FAO warned today. Over 1 million people have fled their homes since January, leaving behind jobs and possessions just as the harvesting of the main season wheat and barley crops was getting under way. In total, 2 million Iraqis are now displaced within the country including those affected by previous conflict. As a result, Iraq’s favourable crop forecast for 2014 is now in jeopardy, according to FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) report.
Shukri Ahmed is a Senior Economist with FAO in Rome. In the following interview he elaborates more on the findings of the report and what is to be expected.
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