Food production in Syria dropped to an all-time low in 2016, a joint report from two U.N. agencies said Nov. 15, Reuters reported. According to the report from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program, Syria’s 2016 wheat output has been just 1.5 million metric tons, down from an average of about 3.4 million metric tons before the country’s civil war began five years ago. Additionally, the country is now facing a wheat shortfall of nearly 840,000 metric tons, with imports taken into account. A World Food Program representative said bad weather is also to blame for the poor harvests. The report comes on the heels of a recent U.N. announcement that the last available food rations had been distributed in eastern Aleppo, where nearly a quarter of a million civilians remain trapped amid the ongoing battle for the city. Stratfor provides global awareness and guidance […]