UN Report Highlights – Food Insecurity Hotspots – Including Syria

The United States, the world’s largest maize producer, accounts for much of the increase, as it is expected to harvest a record maize crop of 348 million tonnes, 27 per cent higher than the previous year.

International trade in cereals is also expected to increase in the 2013-2014 period due to the availability of coarse grains, reaching 312 million tonnes. This is 1.6 per cent higher than the previous period and slightly above the level expected in September.
The quarterly report also highlights several ‘food insecurity hotspots.’ Among them is Syria, where due to the protracted conflict some 4 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.http://www.fao.org/worldfoodsituation/foodpricesindex/en/