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Syria’s Food Security: From Self-Sufficiency to Hunger as a Weapon

  • Myriam Ababsa
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Abstract

The chapter succinctly reviews the history of agriculture in Syria from the late 1950s until the present day (end 2016). It is structured in three sections. The first section discusses the government’s historical aim of achieving self-sufficiency in food production starting in the late 1950s, showing that agrarian reform was later developed to serve the interests of the middle and large farmers. The second section briefly addresses the agrarian counter-reforms in 2000s and the impact of the drought in late 2000s. The third section presents how food has become a weapon since the war started in 2011. Looking at some of the besieged cities back in 2015 and 2016, it places the emphasis on survival and coping strategies.

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  • Myriam Ababsa
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  1. 1.Institut Français du Proche-OrientAmmanJordan

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