agriculture

28 05, 2024
  • Workers pick strawberries in Rami Soulaq’s fields in Bidama, a town in the western countryside of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, 6/5/2024 (Mahmoud Hamza/Syria Direct)

Unlikely crops find fertile ground in Idlib

By Mahmoud Hamza|2024-05-28T20:08:42+02:00May 28, 2024|

The unlikely fruit of war and displacement, unconventional crops like strawberries, broccoli and Damask roses are taking root in Idlib province, where they were seldom cultivated before the war.

12 03, 2024
  • Satellite images reveal how the Tal al-Hara woods, in the northwest of Syria’s southern Daraa province, were all but stripped bare by logging between October 2011 and November 2022. (Google Earth)

Under the axe: The fall of Daraa’s forests and fruit trees

By Walid Al Nofal|2024-03-13T13:34:49+01:00March 12, 2024|

Trees have fallen under the axe in Daraa and across Syria since the spring 2011 revolution, cut for wood to sell or use as an alternative to heating and cooking gas during war, siege and economic crises. Since 2020, however, logging has increased to include fruit-bearing trees on private farmland and within cities.

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