The conflict has brought a sharp drop in domestic food production and inflation is up dramatically, further eroding the purchasing power of households across the country. In some areas, the prices of most essential items have risen by 200 percent, and the Syrian pound has been devalued by around 80 percent. Only 5 percent of farmers were able to harvest winter crops which matured last summer; 20 percent said they were completely unable to harvest crops and 75 percent reported significant losses.
Conflict in Syria has forced millions of people to flee their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis in which food assistance is a top priority. WFP is currently reaching about 1.5 million people a month inside Syria, distributing food both in areas controlled by the government and by the opposition. By April we aim to be reaching 2.5 million. We are also assisting the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries.