Syria Food Security Quarterly Update (January - March 2017)

Syria Food Security Quarterly Update (January - March 2017)

In the first quarter of 2017, ongoing conflict continued to impact food security in Syria through higher market prices, reduced access to water and basic services, increased levels of malnutrition and large population displacements. The intensity of conflict (airstrikes, attacks, direct clashes) continued to be high, affecting nearly all governorates of the country. Thirty-three communities in five governorates of Syria, including Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Idleb and Deir- ez-Zor remained besieged with over 600 000 people estimated in need of humanitarian assistance. Over 341 000 persons across Syria were forced to leave their homes, with 41% of displacements occurring in March. A combination of factors such as the deterioration of security, worsened economic conditions and lack of basic services as well as the search for better livelihood opportunities were among the most frequently reported reasons for displacements. Nearly half of the displaced population live in sub-optimal conditions such as camps, collective shelters and abandoned buildings. Since the start of the conflict, over six million people have been displaced internally in the country.

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