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Support small-scale dairy farmers, sheep herders and internally displaced people in the northwestern part of the Syrian Arab Republic to improve dairy and vegetable production, preserve livestock assets, prevent malnutrition and increase livelihoods’ resilience









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    With the conflict now in its thirteenth year, the Syrian Arab Republic continues to face insecurity, economic crisis, drought-like conditions and severe agroclimatic fluctuations. An estimated 12.1 million people are food insecure, of which 49 percent live in rural areas. Without urgent support, an additional 2.9 million people are at risk of becoming food insecure. Humanitarian response to support farming and livestock‑keeping families with restoring their production is critical. Every USD 1 invested to help a farmer grow wheat yields more than 4.5 times its value in staple food produced, for that family, their local community and markets.
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    Syrian Arab Republic. Project update
    Improving dairy production, preserving livestock assets, preventing malnutrition and increasing resilience of livelihoods
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    Ten years of conflict, insecurity and displacements in the Syrian Arab Republic have resulted in a continuing deterioration of the humanitarian situation. In response, the Food and Agriculture Organziation of the United Nations, supported by the International Islamic Charity Organization, is implementing a project to increase livelihood assets and improve households’ skill sets, which will strengthen rural livelihoods and resilience in one of the most severely crisis-affected regions. The project will improve the reproductive performance of 1 000 dairy cows and 1 000 sheep in order to increase the milk production capacity of 1 250 small-scale farmers and sheep herders.
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    Evaluation of FAO’s contribution to the Syrian Arab Republic 2012-2018 2020
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    The Syrian crisis has caused intense and sustained levels of violence in the country, which included large-scale destruction of agricultural infrastructure and disruption of all components of the food system. A total of 9.3 million people in the country are facing severe acute food insecurity. During the period subject to evaluation (2012-2018), FAO interventions targeted displaced and hosting households affected by the conflict across the country. Activities were initially carried out in Government controlled areas and subsequently conducted through cross-border operations as part of the Whole of Syria (WoS) approach. Despite adverse conditions, FAO staff were able to create a portfolio of context-relevant activities offering concrete opportunities for stable sources of income, as well as support relating to input distribution (seeds and tools), livelihoods, value chains and infrastructure rehabilitation. Coordination with the directorates of agriculture and civil society organisations, including Syrian NGOs and Water Users Associations, played an effective role in the delivery of assistance. However, the organisation’s emergency response could have been more effective by more properly considering the regional dimension of the crisis, improved targeting, and prioritization, including coordination of activities across agencies. FAO leadership should continue focusing on and restoring rural livelihoods while promoting good governance of the natural resources and environment, prioritising its technical advisory function.

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