Funds urgently needed for food security in Syria and neighbouring countries

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FAO is helping needy Syrian families. Photo: FAO/Syria

Ahead of an international pledging conference for Syria and neighbouring host countries, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says funds are urgently needed to prevent further deterioration of the food security situation.

The conference is scheduled to take place in Kuwait on Tuesday.

FAO warned on Monday that the ongoing crisis in Syria has severely disrupted agricultural production and trade, and left some 9.8 million people food insecure.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

FAO is seeking US$59 million for its work in Syria to support the production of staple foods and improve families' nutrition and income.

It says another US$62 million is needed to help host communities in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey cope with the influx of refugees by making their agriculture more productive and sustainable.

The agency is underlining that the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria presents an opportunity to raise critical funds to strengthen agricultural production in the region.

Aside from the funds FAO is seeking to raise, the conference will reportedly  aim to raise billions of dollars for the more than 11 million people displaced due to five years of conflict.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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