FAO emergencies and resilience

Syrian Arab Republic

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SYR Hero

21.7 million
country population

12.1 million people
in high acute food insecurity

6.8 million
internally displaced people

8.4 million people
live in rural areas

to assist 2.8 million people FAO requires USD 122.6 million for 2023

The Syrian Arab Republic remains one of the largest and most complex humanitarian emergencies globally. With a deepening economic crisis and increasing food prices, vulnerable families adopt negative coping mechanisms such as selling productive assets and reducing the quantity and quality of meals to survive.

Investing in local food production through crop, livestock and water-related interventions will save Syrians’ lives and livelihoods while reducing the humanitarian caseload and dependency on food aid.

Rebuilding resilience, one drop at a time: FAO and Norway join hands to restore irrigation for 14 000 families in earthquake-stricken Hama

The earthquakes that hit the north of the Syrian Arab Republic on 6 February 2023, and the multiple aftershocks, caused significant destruction to agricultural...

Norway contributes $23.7 million of flexible funding to boost FAO’s capacity to respond to crises and emergencies

With these funds, FAO aims to reach around 600 000 food insecure people

Seismic challenges for rural families in Syria

FAO is helping earthquake victims resume food production and agricultural livelihoods

Key documents

With the conflict now in its thirteenth year, the Syrian Arab Republic continues to face insecurity, economic crisis, drought-like conditions and severe agroclimatic fluctuations.


The earthquakes that struck the Syrian Arab Republic on 6 February 2023 caused major damages and losses, affecting both urban and rural areas.

FAO and UK Aid prioritize the prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Syria

FAO in the Syrian Arab Republic is working to empower rural women to position themselves as equal and equitable decision-makers within their families...

Abdulla Tobal builds a fodder pressing device to help his neighbors

Abdullah Tobal, a smallholder herder from Tal Hasel in As-Sfira, Aleppo Governorate, had an idea to build a press to preserve fodder after he attended...

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