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SYRIA: Food insecurity reaches record levels

SYRIA: Food insecurity reaches record levels | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The number of Syrians who lack access to sufficient food has reached a record 12.4 million, or nearly 60 per cent of the population, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Wednesday, citing “alarming” new national data.  Economic crisis, job losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and soaring food prices have added to the plight […]
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SYRIA: Impact evaluation of complex agricultural interventions in humanitarian settings

SYRIA: Impact evaluation of complex agricultural interventions in humanitarian settings | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Click here to register for the final installment of the Webinar Series. We are excited to enrich the Home Garden for Resilience and Recovery  (HG4RR)  network with a three-part series of virtual talks about the challenges and opportunities of home garden interventions in development and emergency settings. Experts and researchers from partnering organizations will speak […]
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Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Watching a combine harvester grind through his golden wheat, farmer Yahya Mahmoud is relieved the yield looks good this year, even as a tanking economy leaves millions hungry across war-torn Syria.
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UN says farming should be at heart of Syria reconstruction

UN says farming should be at heart of Syria reconstruction | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
International efforts to rebuild Syria once the civil war is over should center on agriculture to kick start the economy and quickly improve the livelihoods of the
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Syrian Refugees Contributed over $US 800 Million to Egypt’s Economy Since 2011: UNDP Report

Syrian Refugees Contributed over $US 800 Million to Egypt’s Economy Since 2011: UNDP Report | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The total capital invested by Syrians refugees and their Egyptian partners throughout their working period since 2011 has been estimated at nearly $US 800 million, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

 Syrian refugees are thought to have contributed to Egypt’s economy with more. However, Syrian businesses don’t frequently register under an Egyptian name, or at all.
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SYRIA: Safaa Kumari: Nurturing seeds of hope

SYRIA: Safaa Kumari: Nurturing seeds of hope | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The BBC has recognized the work of a Syrian plant virologist, whose research is saving the fava bean from a deadly virus.

Syrian plant virologist, Safaa Kumari, has spent a career saving essential dryland crops from deadly viruses. Now, her work on finding virus-resistant plant varieties and safeguarding important seeds has been recognised by the BBC’s 100 Women 2020 award.

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SYRIA: Food Security in Decline as Wheat Shortages Loom

SYRIA: Food Security in Decline as Wheat Shortages Loom | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Syria’s food security issues seem set to continue this year, as the government warns that the country will need to import up to 200,000 tonnes of wheat each month to make up for domestic shortfalls. According to Mohammad Samer al-Khalil, the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade, the imports are likely to cost around US$400 million ($565 million). Syria’s economy has weakened in recent months, following the economic crisis in neighbouring Lebanon. The crisis has had serious economic consequences for Damascus, which was already struggling after years of civil war. Concerns over government procurement of wheat also grew earlier this year when Kurdish wheat growers increased purchasing prices, directly competing with the government in Damascus.

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How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat

How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As temperatures rise, pests and diseases are moving north into the U.S. heartland, killing crops and diminishing yields. To combat this, researchers are turning to a wild grass variety whose seeds were spirited out of Syria as the bombs fell. 
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The Dead River? How the waters of the Jordan run foul

The Dead River? How the waters of the Jordan run foul | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

As Syria’s farmers once again cultivate their lands, so the taps for irrigating crops are turned back on. But not everyone is happy.
For Jordan, Syria’s neighbour to the south, what is a dire water shortage problem could, with the end of the war, suddenly become worse.
The River Jordan, which rises on the slopes of Mt Hermon on the Syria-Lebanon border and flows 250km to end its journey emptying into the Dead Sea, is a vital source of water for the country which is named after it.
The trouble is that Syria – along with Israel and Jordan itself – has been taking vast amounts of water out of the river over the years.

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