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COVID-19 Increasing Food Insecurity in Syrian Arab Republic

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/2020/POLICY BRIEF.11


Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Governance and Conflict Prevention

Focus Area: Resilient development & conflict prevention

Initiatives: National Agenda for the Future of Syria Programme

SDGs: Agenda 2030, Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Keywords: Food security, Covid-19, Syrian arab republic

COVID-19 Increasing Food Insecurity in Syrian Arab Republic

June 2020

Food security challenges in Syria have been further exacerbated since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding more pressure on the country’s stability. Syria is currently witnessing an unprecedented currency devaluation that is skyrocketing food prices and diminishing Syrian household’s purchasing capacity. The alarming increase in the price of agriculture inputs, fertilizers and oil, and the newly imposed sanctions on Syria, raise concerns about future food shortages. This article suggests some policy recommendations to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on food security in Syria.

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