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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.


26 June 2010

Drought-ravaged areas of Syria continue to face “catastrophe” with tens of thousands of malnourished people excluded from international relief efforts, according to the head of the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) in Damascus. Muhannad Hadi, who is leading the WFP’s emergency response plan in Syria, said 110,000 severely impoverished people would not receive aid, despite UN officers identifying them as needing help.


19 June 2010

The World Food Programme said on Sunday that it has begun handing out food to almost 200,000 people in severely drought-stricken northeast Syria. More than 2,900 tonnes of food rations, made possible by a two-million-euro donation (2.5 million dollars) by the European Commission, was being distributed since the start of June in the provinces of Al-Hasakeh, Al-Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, the UN agency said in a statement.


12 June 2010

The World Food Programme has begun distributing rations to 190,000 people in Eastern Syria but another 110,000 in the drought-hit region still require emergency food aid, the U.N. body said on Sunday. Droughts over the last three years and mismanagement of water resources have reduced large swathes of Eastern Syria to a wasteland, forcing up to one million people to flee to the outskirts of Damascus and other cities.


11 June 2010

The Syrian president issued a law that creates a high committee on modern irrigation co-chaired by the Syrian prime minister of the drought-ridden republic. (..) The World Food Program in a midterm analysis released this year, said thousands of Syrians have fled the drought-wracked eastern parts of the country amid declining food stocks. The WFP report said more than 60,000 families have left the region since early 2009.


30 May 2010

Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri discussed on Monday with the Regional Director of the World Food Program al-Dali Balqassemi aspects of cooperation between the government and the World Food Program (WFP).


13 April 2010

Syrian farmers ravaged by pervasive drought found some relief by installing drip-irrigation systems on their fields, the United Nations said. The World Food Program in a midterm analysis released this year, said thousands of Syrians have fled the drought-wracked eastern parts of the country amid declining food stocks. The WFP report said more than 60,000 families have left the region since early 2009.


9 March 2010

With the support of the EU, the United Nations WFP has started distributing emergency food assistance to almost 200,000 people in the rural northeast of Syria, where the drought of 2009 has severely affected small-scale farmers and herding families.(..)In addition, the WFP will start distributing supplementary feeding rations to children under five, and to pregnant and nursing mothers in Al-Shadadi district of Al-Hasakeh, one of the worst-affected areas with the highest rate of migration and school closures.


3 March 2010

Thousands of people have fled drought-affected eastern Syria and those that remain are struggling to survive on limited food stocks (..). “This has led to a dramatic decrease in communities’ resilience capacity,” said Selly Muzammil, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria.


1 March 2010

A few miles beyond an irrigated golf course on the outskirts of Damascus, scores of refugees fleeing drought in Syria’s northeastern breadbasket have settled into tents on a rocky field. (..) Complicating life for the refugees is limited humanitarian help. The World Food Programmme in Rome appealed last August for $23 million in aid. It received only about $6 million, the organization’s country director, Mohannad Hadi, told Syria Today magazine. The winter rain “means farmers in the northeast may have crops after the harvest,” he said. “But it won’t put food on the table for them today.”