Syrian Arab Republic Situation Report - November 2018

Key Messages

  • 6.7 million people are food insecure and a further 4.5 million are at risk of food insecurity due to asset depletion to maintain food consumption.
  • Within Syria, 6.18 million people are displaced, while 5.64 million have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.
  • A quarter of households continue to rely on poor quality and insufficient diets. Despite overall improvements in access to food, some 44 percent of households reduced the number of meals consumed and more than 35 percent restricted consumption of adults to prioritize children.
  • Humanitarian access continues to improve with 324 000 out of a total of 6.18 million internally displaced people (IDPs) in hard-to-reach locations.
  • Wheat production fell to a 29-year low of 1.2 million tonnes according to a recent joint FAO/World Food Programme (WFP) Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) report. Urgent seed distribution for the current winter season is recommended to avoid the cumulative impact of wheat shortfall.
  • Herd sizes have stabilized albeit at low levels. The main challenges for livestock keepers are lack of feed and veterinary services due to restricted access to traditional grazing areas and slow recovery of pasture because of high livestock density in some areas, meaning fodder prices increased.