Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has completed the third version of its development project to support wheat crop growing in Syria. The project was done in cooperation with the General Organization for Seed Multiplication (GOSM), the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with support from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). By early August, Syrian farmers have harvested more than 24 tons of wheat, a strategic factor of food security for local populations.
In total, 7,733.5 hectares of agricultural land was cultivated in eight governorates (Aleppo, Idlib, Homs, Hama, Daraa, Quneitra, Damascus, and Rif Dimashq). The project benefited 17,697 farmer families (88,485 people) who lacked agricultural and marketing input.
The project has two main parts, as 75% of the wheat will be used in producing bread, while 25% will be purified and resold to the farmers at minimal prices for the coming season.