Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Syrian food security in the WSJ

"Syria is struggling to afford and secure ample food supplies for its domestic population as the European Union's ban on oil imports puts severe strain on the country's finances.

As officials warn the country is heading towards civil war under the embattled regime of President Bashar Al-Assad, Syria's ability to import wheat at affordable prices from abroad is more crucial than ever, after heavy rains caused the country's production of winter cereal crops to slump."

Until a few years ago Syria was self sufficient in wheat. The article goes on to state that wheat is still free flowing (and I don't think it will stop). But what really beats me is the statement on the heavy winter rains and the slump in production. are they talking about last year? Because wheat has barely started to grow, and the rainy season is still at the onset. 

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