Three million Syrians need food, crops and livestock assistance

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FAO distributing sheep to female-headed households.

Three million people in Syria are in need of food, crops and livestock assistance as fighting between government forces and opposition fighters continues, according to a report issued on Thursday.

The report is based on an assessment mission by the UN Food and Agriculture Programme, the World Food Programme (WFP) and Syria's Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform in June this year.

It says the figure includes 1.5 million people who need urgent and immediate food assistance over the next three to six months.

Abeer Etefa is WFP spokesperson in Cairo, Egypt.

"$1.8 billion have been lost in the agricultural sector this year because of the ongoing crisis which includes losses and damage to crops and livestock and the strategic crops which the country depends on such as wheat and barley have been affected as well as all of the fruits like cherry and olive trees and vegetable production. We have three million people who have lost their livelihoods, farmers, small herders which is one third of the rural population. Ten per cent of this number is female-headed households."

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