Destruction of crops reduces food security

May 28, 2019 in Syria

These images show damage of the main strategic crops of Syria during 26 & 27 May, 2019 as a result of Syrian regime forces and their allies offensive against the rebel areas in the southern of Idleb and north of Hama provinces.

The ongoing hostilities show fires in wheat and barley crops during harvest season in the region. These fires, triggered by bombings, destroyed staple crops such as wheat and barley, compounding the already fragile humanitarian conditions in the area. The fires were sparked by intense bombing in the area.

Over the last few days, more than 200,000 square meters of Wheat and barley were burned in the southern of Idlib and the northern of Hama provinces.

Besides that, thousands of farmers left their cultivated areas and hundreds of agriculture projects. Additionally, most of the agriculture equipment have been damaged or stolen.

Destruction of crops reduces food security

Who will reimburse them?

 

Crisis in Syria:

 

The nine-year Syrian crisis continues to drive humanitarian needs. The main driver of food insecurity continues to be population displacement. Despite decreased levels of conflict in many areas, its relenting presence has led to sustained hostilities, protracted displacement, increased returns and persistent erosion of communities’ resilience. Within the country, where 6.2 million people remain displaced and 1.4 million have returned, resources are increasingly depleted. Externally, the precarious situation continues to propel the largest refugee crisis in the world. More than eight in 10 people in the Syrian Arab Republic now live below the poverty line. The loss or lack of sustained livelihoods has led to the adoption of decreased coping strategies. Reduced productive assets and savings, limited economic prospects and the extensive damage and contamination of agriculture-related infrastructures have had a significant socioeconomic impact on the population and significantly disrupted agricultural livelihoods. Pockets of chronic levels of deprivation is adding to people’s adoption of negative coping mechanisms, such as reduced food consumption, according to FAO.

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