A Massive Bread Crisis Looms for Syria

Published June 3rd, 2021 - 01:36 GMT
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A Syrian bread vendor with his stall in March 2020 (AFP/FILE)
A catastrophic bread crisis, unparalleled with recent food crises, is feared to be looming in Syria following remarks made by Agriculture Minister Mohammad Hassan Qatana on a decline in wheat production.  “This year, the drought was severe for several reasons, including the decrease of precipitation rates by 50% to 70%, depending on the provinces," Qatana said in a statement on 17 May.  Syrians are struggling under the destruction wrought by the civil war, which has been ongoin

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