Syrian farmers load bags of dried waste of pressed olives mixed with water in a field near the battled Syrian city of al-Bab
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Syria's drought: How has the country at war coped?

Syrian government forces and so-called Islamic State militants have been widely accused of murdering farmers, controlling food supplies and occupying land.

In a country that is mainly comprised of agricultural land, people have been hit hard by a food crisis sparked by the conflict and made worse by the effects of the drought that ended in 2010.

Before the 2011 revolution Syria's wheat reserves were roughly the equivalent to one year's consumption: 3.5 million tons. But, by 2013, the government was reported to have imported around 2.4 million tons of wheat.

BBC Monitoring looks at how people in Syria have had to deal with the country's environmental problems, exacerbated by the ongoing armed conflict.

Produced by Lina Shaikhouni and Alexi Peristianis

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  • 30 Nov 2015
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