Kuwait and FAO strengthens Partnership to help Syrian Farmers

Kuwait has made a contribution of $3 million to benefit some 20,000 highly vulnerable people and their extended families. Also Kuwait and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have strengthened their partnership to help Syrian farmers and herders recover and boost their food security and nutrition

Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations in Geneva, Jamal Al-Ghunaim said, “The Government of Kuwait is committed to supporting people in need of humanitarian assistance. It is important to restore and strengthen the agricultural livelihood and food security of Syrian people.”

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FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa (NENA), Abdessalam Ould Ahmed said, “We welcome this reinforced collaboration between Kuwait and FAO. This generous contribution will go a long way and it is most timely. It will help FAO step up its efforts to support food-insecure Syrian communities and roll out activities aimed at making farming communities more resilient whilst improving their food security and nutrition.”

More broadly, Kuwait and FAO are increasingly working together to fight hunger and malnutrition, and come to the aid of disaster-stricken communities in the NENA region and beyond, in countries such as Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

The contribution from Kuwait will go towards helping some 20,000 vulnerable farmers and herders, especially women-headed households, and their extended families with vegetable seeds, irrigation kits and feed for their animals, as well support to rehabilitate their fodder crop nurseries and training on best agricultural practices.

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FAO Representative in Syria, Mike Robson said, “We aim to build the production capacity of the most affected farming families in rural areas by providing agricultural inputs and intensive technical training. Our partnership with Kuwait reflects our shared aspiration to strengthen the resilience and better the lives of Syria’s most vulnerable.”

The protracted crisis in Syria coupled with the most severe drought in decades has severely weakened Syria’s agricultural production. This has led to more than 6 million people facing hunger and increasingly struggling to feed their families, and high food prices.