FAO worries about Syrian food crops: drought combined with continued conflict
May 15, 2014
15 May 2014, Rome – Drought conditions combined with continued conflict are adding pressure to an already dire food security situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, raising the prospect of further severe reductions in wheat and barley production in key areas, along with increased food import needs and higher prices for 2014, FAO reports.
Wheat and barley are the country’s two most important food crops. The total area planted with wheat is estimated to have declined by about 15 percent as compared with the average of recent years and FAO has put wheat production at an expected 1.97 million tonnes for 2014, some 52 percent below the average for the 2001-2011 period.
FAO released its latest food security outlook for Syria through its Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) as farmers were preparing to harvest winter grains over the next few weeks. The country brief is based on satellite imagery, field reports and information provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAAR) of Syria and other sources.