Syria Crisis - Situation report July 2017

Syria Crisis - Situation report July 2017
Jul 2017

Key messages

  • Food security in parts of Syria has slightly improved, but the overall situation remains far worse than before the crisis.
  • Approximately 6.9 million people are food insecure and a further 3.1 million are at risk of food insecurity, as asset depletion strategies are being adopted to meet consumption needs.
  • According to the latest Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) conducted by FAO and WFP, total wheat production is estimated at 1.8 million tonnes – 12 percent more than last year’s record low but still much less than half of the pre-conflict ten-year average. Livestock herd sizes have stabilized, albeit at very low levels.
  • Two in five people are on the move inside Syria, with 6.3 million internally displaced. However, 440 000 people have returned to their home areas owing to the improved security situation in parts of the country.
  • Improved security within the country and reopening of supply routes led to the slow recovery of trade and functioning urban markets. In parts of eastern Aleppo city, markets that were destroyed are slowly recovering. Food prices continue to be very high compared to 2-3 years ago, but have slightly decreased in parts of the country compared to the previous year.
  • Humanitarian access continues to be heavily constrained. According to the CFSAM, improvements in humanitarian access have been reported compared with last year, however the situation in Ar-Raqqa remains critical.