Millions in Syria facing hunger as food prices "sky-rocket"

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On 11 January 2016 in Madaya, Rural Damascus, a girl eats bread, as she and other children and their families wait for permissions to leave the besieged town. Photo: UNICEF/UN07224/Al Saleh, WFP

Millions of people in Syria are facing hunger as the civil war in the country enters its sixth year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said.

The UN agency says that agricultural production has plummeted and food supplies are at an all-time low, pushing millions of people into hunger.

Daniel Dickinson has more details.

FAO says the conflict in Syria has "decimated" the agriculture sector. This has had a major impact on food supplies and markets.

Currently over half of the Syrians remaining in the country are food insecure, with one in three people unable to afford basic foodstuffs.

Dominique Burgeon is the FAO Emergencies Chief.

"Prices have really sky-rocketed. Some prices have been multiplied by 300 per cent, by 600 per cent. So the combination of production and access is leading to a situation where the number of food insecure people is tremendously increasing." 

FAO has appealed for US$87 million to support three million people within the country.

In February an international donors’ conference is being held in London to mobilize support for humanitarian work in Syria.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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