Continued conflict and drought conditions worsen 2014 crop production prospects

Following the update of 28 March 2014 on concerns about drought conditions in the Syrian Arab Republic, FAO has been closely monitoring the situation in cooperation with national authorities. Analysis based on satellite imagery together with field reports indicate that vast areas in the northwest of the country received well below-average rainfall during January and February 2014, which coincides with crucial periods of crop germination and establishment stages.