Syria: Drought over but crops still failing

Published on 28 June 2010

More rain has signalled the end of three years of a devastating drought in Syria's north-eastern region but it is not falling consistently enough to benefit this year’s harvests, UN agencies have warned. (..) Although official crop yield figures are not yet available, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimated this year’s yield to be 2.5-3.3 million tons, significantly less than the target of over 4 million tons. (..) “WFP looks at the impact of rainfall on the livelihood of the households and although some areas have improved, in other areas, specifically in the eastern belt of Hama and Homs and in the badia [desert area] of al-Raqqa, drought conditions remain,” Selly Muzammil, spokesperson for WFP in Syria, said.

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