Analysis-Middle East drought a threat to global food prices

Report
from Reuters - AlertNet
Published on 07 Mar 2014 View Original
  • U.N. and experts say Middle East driest in decades

  • Rain-fed cereal areas in Syria and Iraq hurt

  • Experts say poor management worsens drought's impact

  • Increased need for imports will pressure global prices

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi

AMMAN, March 7 (Reuters) - The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say.

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