Some 6.5 million people are food insecure and a further 4 million are at risk – twice as many as last year – due to asset depletion to maintain food consumption.
Within Syria, 6.3 million people are displaced, while 5.3 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. The continuing crisis has led to new displacements in northeast Syria (Ar-Raqqa and Deir-Ez-Zor governorates), as well as Hama, Aleppo and Idleb governorates.
Families’ ability to cope is strained, leading them to reduce the number of meals per day and the amount of food consumed.
People in besieged and hard-to-reach areas continue to report severe conditions as a result of limited humanitarian access. Some 2.98 million people in need were reported to be in hard-to-reach areas – including 419 920 people in besieged areas, the majority of whom are in East Ghouta.
Better rains increased wheat and barley yields in 2017 and improved access to agricultural land in some areas.
Herd sizes have stabilized albeit at low levels. However, widespread malnutrition of livestock, due to inaccessibility of pastures and limited availability of compound fodder, further risks this slight improvement.
Markets are gradually recovering from full destruction. But market prices continue to burden Syrians, as food prices remain very high compared with previous years.