An international report monitors the high rate of food insecurity “hunger” in Syria

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies issued a report in which it talked about the high rate of food insecurity "hunger" in Syria, by 400,000 people during the first half of this year.

The report indicated that the number of food-insecure people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Syria has reached 12.8 million, an increase of more than 60% compared to last year.

The report talked about the launch of an "emergency action plan in Syria" due to the drought, and it monitored an unprecedented drop in the water level of the Euphrates River, which led to a significant decrease in two of the most important water reservoirs in Syria, and a decrease in the ability to produce energy.

The report quoted the Food and Agriculture Organization of the World (FAO), that farmers face challenges in preparing for the next planting season due to the lack of liquidity and access to credit, while the prices of inputs such as fertilizers and fuel are increasing. The seeds are poor quality with low germination rates due to the significant reduction in the current season's harvest.

And the World Food Program had previously said in a statement that Syria is one of nine countries at extreme risk from climate change, pointing out that ten years of devastating crisis and severe economic collapse have led to food insecurity for more than 12 million people. in Syria.

Without urgent action, millions of Syrians today are at risk of starvation, the UN program said, noting that the United Nations has warned of the recent water crisis and drought-like conditions affecting the country.

He pointed out that about 40% of the irrigated agricultural areas are no longer able to depend on the availability of water, and it has already been reported that 90% of Syrian families adopt negative coping strategies to survive, relying on reducing the amount of food they eat, buying less, and entering In debt to buy the basics.

An official at the United Nations World Food Program had previously said that the Syrians are living in "the worst humanitarian conditions since the beginning of the crisis", ten years after the start of the revolutionary movement demanding freedom and confronting the regime with a comprehensive war against the people.

“The crisis has taken a heavy toll on the Syrian people. Every day, more and more Syrians are pushed into hunger and poverty, and families face impossible choices,” explained WFP Representative and Country Director in Syria, Sean O'Brien.