A joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Mission (CFSAM) visited the Syrian Arab Republic between 1 May and 31 May 2017 to estimate crop production and assess the overall food security situation.
On arrival in the country, the international members of the CFSAM team spent 12 days in Damascus prior to going to the field. During this period, they held an initial inter-agency meeting (FAO and WFP) to discuss the strategy and itinerary for the CFSAM as well as a number of meetings with the representatives of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic, international organisations, the food security and nutrition clusters/sectors and representatives of the private sector. Following the field and data collection work, the CFSAM team returned to Damascus for a debriefing session with data collection team leaders. A second round of meetings with the main technical directorates of Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAAR) followed. Prior to departure from the country, the Mission briefed the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform and the Deputy Ministers on its main findings.