UN Food and Agriculture Organization: 10 million Syrian refugees may suffer from hunger

Editing Mohamad Alaa | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 29, 2019, 9:07:22 PM wire ECONOMY & BUSINESSRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Economic

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In a report published on Monday, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that more than 10 million Syrians suffer in conflict-driven conditions that may expose them to hunger.

The report explained that seven million people suffer from food insecurity in Syria after running out of savings and no longer being able to afford food for their families. The report stated that there are more than six million internally displaced people in Syria, 1.3 million of whom were displaced recently by the Syrian government to Northern Syria.

The report noted that in 2018, Syria's wheat production decreased to 1.2 million tons, about two-thirds of production in 2017, and less than one-third of production before 2011, when it was 4.1 million tons. The barley production also decreased to 390,000 tons, which is the lowest level since 2008.

The report said that the highest level of food security is no more than 38 percent in Tartous,  Western Syria, and the lowest level of food security is in Hama at 12 percent. Over 40 percent of the population is marginally vulnerable to food insecurity, while Aleppo has the highest level of food insecurity at up to 40 percent.

The report added that food security is one of the basic needs of a family, and should be at 86 percent. Two out of three families in Syria still suffer from a lack of food supplies. The proportion of people living in extreme poverty has also doubled from before 2011 to 69 percent of the population.

The average cost of a basket of basic household items in Syria is 31,180 Syrian pounds ($60), and the average price of a basket of basic food supplies is about 35,000 SYP ($65), which is 486 percent higher than in 2012.

The agricultural sector suffers from many difficulties, especially in areas outside Syrian government control, due to the repeated shelling from Syrian government forces on agricultural land, the deterioration of the security situation and high costs of agricultural industry.

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Editing Mohamad Alaa | Translation Glory Jabr | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 29, 2019, 9:07:22 PM wire ECONOMY & BUSINESSRELIEF & HUMANITARIAN Economic
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