Middle East: UNFAO expects 1 mln ton food shortage in Syria

Agricultural production has almost stopped

25 October, 10:57

    Syrian refugees at border with Iraq Syrian refugees at border with Iraq

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - A one million ton food shortage is expected in Syria after the halting of agricultural production due to the displacement of more than 4 million people, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (UNFAO) Turkey representative, as Anadolu Agency reports. "More than 4 million people have left their houses in Syria. This means agricultural production has almost stopped.

    So, in accordance with the data we have, there will be a one million ton food shortage in Syria, which should be covered by the U.N. and international organizations," Mustafa Sinaceur, UNFAO representative and coordinator for the Central Asia Sub-Continent, said yesterday. According to U.N. figures, 870 million people in the world are chronically undernourished.

    Approximately 24% of children under five are biologically underdeveloped due to malnutrition. Around 2 billion people cannot obtain sufficient minerals or vitamins to remain healthy.

    At the same time, an estimated 1.4 billion people worldwide are overweight. (ANSAmed).

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