UN report predicts dire food security picture in Syria

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WFP food distribution in Syria. [WFP photo]

A limited "window of opportunity" exists to ensure families affected by the crisis in Syria do not lose vital sources of food and income, according to two UN agencies.

In a report released on Friday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warn that food security will worsen if the current situation continues.

The agencies undertook a joint assessment to Syria earlier this year.

Silvano Sofia, an FAO spokesperson in Geneva, reports on some of the findings.

"For example, current wheat production is 2.4 million tonnes, some 40 per cent less than the annual average harvest of more than four million before the crisis. There is also a consequence on prices. The average monthly price of wheat flour more than doubled between May 2011 and May 2013 in several locations."

The report also mentions a "serious risk" of livestock diseases spreading to neighbouring countries due to the eroded veterinary sector in Syria.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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