Syria Crisis - Situation report May 2017

Syria Crisis - Situation report May 2017
May 2017


  • As the Syrian war enters its seventh year, food production remains at a record low. Hunger is rampant and deepening across the country with over half the population unable to meet their daily food needs.
  • Approximately 7 million people will be food insecure in 2017 and a further 2 million are at risk of food insecurity.
  • According to the FAO report, Counting the cost: Agriculture in Syria after six years of crisis the following findings were reported:
    o A total of USD 16 billion has been lost in terms of production and damages to the agriculture sector.
    o An estimated USD 11-17 billion is required to rebuild the agriculture sector over a three-year period.
    o Over 75 percent of households still grow food for their own consumption, even if at a much reduced scale.
    o Some 94 percent of communities felt that increased support in agriculture would reduce internal and external migration.
    o Government’s ability to support farmers has been highly affected. Support has either decreased significantly or stopped entirely.
    o Less than half the 2011 rural population still lived in rural areas in 2016.

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