Syria: new FAO report presents assessment of the impact of war on agriculture

Apr 2017

Fighting in Syria has caused huge damage and losses to agricultural production, but the sector can and should be kick-started now, dramatically reducing the need for humanitarian aid and migration, according to a new FAO report published today ahead of an international conference on Syria's future in Brussels. In addition to the severe human suffering, the conflict has caused more than $16 billion of lost crop and livestock production and destroyed farming assets.

The report, Counting the Cost: Agriculture in Syria after six years of crisis, presents the first comprehensive nationwide assessment of the damage of the war on the agriculture sector. The assessment included surveys of more than 3 500 households across Syria, interviews with more than 380 community groups and analysis of primary and secondary agricultural data.

Neil Marsland, FAO Senior Technical Officer, explains how it is possible to provide agricultural support even during conflict.