Syria, May 2005
Since 1964, WFP has provided food assistance to Syria worth approximately US$400 million through both development and emergency operations.
The main driving force of the Syrian economy is agriculture. However, the high dependence on rain-fed production has left the country vulnerable to erratic rainfalls and cyclical droughts, exposing the rural and Bedouin communities living in the arid and semi-arid areas of the country to recurrent crises.
In addition since last year the United States has extended economic sanctions against Syria for a period of one year, which has had an unclear impact on the economic situation. Progress in economic reforms, particularly in relation to the banking sector, is expected yet this will still not be sufficient to boost economic growth.
Photo:WFP/John Wreford *** Local Caption *** Original TIFF files are available: 3008 x 2000 px