Drought Hits Middle East Farmers, Again

Inter Press Service: Anxious farmers gather in their field on a warm, clear day in Syria’s arid northern region of Al-Raqqa, near the banks of the Euphrates River. The ground in this corner of the ‘fertile crescent’ is barren, save for a small herd of sheep on the ten-hectare farm. Traditionally the winter rains start in late October. If the dry spell stretches through December, the staple wheat and lentil crops and their livelihood are a write-off for another consecutive year. Swathes of Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan,......

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