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AUB: Syrian Center for Policy Research and Agricultural, Environment, and Health Network Launch Report on “Food Security and Conflict in Syria”

The eight-year conflict in Syria has put the issue of food security front and center. Food was systematically used as a tool of war by warring parties to achieve political gains even after the decline of armed operations. In this context, and with the aim of highlighting this issue, the Department of Environmental Health at the American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program, in partnership with the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) and the Agricultural, Environment, and Health Network, launched on Tuesday, May 14 a report entitled “Food Security and Conflict in Syria.”

The results of the research showed a significant deterioration in the quality of available food, and a clear imbalance in food composition during the conflict, this is evidenced by the decline in nutrition indicators for children during conflict, notably in areas that have suffered heavy clashes or sieges. The results indicate a deterioration of the stability component due to increased dependence on imports and food assistance, deterioration of living conditions and sources of income for individuals, as well as environmental degradation.

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