The WFP has indicated that the prices of food and non-food items in Syria increased significantly in March as a result of Ukraine’s unfolding crisis and the conflict’s repercussions on global food and energy markets.
Pledges for the upcoming Brussels conference on the humanitarian crisis in Syria are expected to decrease in line with the downward trend of pledges since 2021 due to funding shortfalls, donor fatigue, and the potential impacts of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
By May, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) will scale down a number of items in its monthly emergency food baskets to Northwest Syria, a move attributed to funding constraints and rising global food prices, which have surged as a result of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict and the protracted economic crisis in Syria.
A recent report published by a UN agency examines the economy-wide disruption and the limitations on humanitarian action caused by sanctions, as well as the impact this has had on the well-being and rights of children.
Amid an acute economic crisis, the prices of commodities – including cereals, key food items, oil products, and COVID-19-related items – have soared last year compared with 2020, according to the World Food Programme’s Market Price Watch Bulletin for Syria. Despite the fact that the government has increased public sector salaries, the purchasing power of Syrians is nonetheless unable to keep pace with the rising cost of living.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has expanded authorisations for nongovernmental organisations to engage in certain activities and transactions in Syria.