Food production in Syria at record low as 9 million go hungry

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Mother loads preserved food supplies in a truck as the family prepares to move out of Nashabieh village . Photo: UNICEF/Amer Al Shami (file photo)

Food production in war-torn Syria has hit a record low and has left nine million people wondering where their next meal will come from, the United Nations has said.

More than five years of civil conflict and unfavourable weather conditions in parts of the country have made it increasingly difficult for farmers to get access to their land, or farming supplies, or to get any food they do produce to market.

The area planted for staple cereal crops is the smallest ever, according to the latest Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission conducted by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Sandra Ferrari has been speaking to FAO economist Alessandro Costantino, for more details.

Duration: 3’02″

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