`Syria Struggles to Buy Food in Quantities Needed to Feed the People as Suppliers Refuse to Supply Due to War ‘

#AceFoodNews – SYRIA – May 07 – War-torn Syria is struggling to buy food commodities in the quantities it needs, despite repeatedly issuing tenders for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sugar, rice and wheat, trade sources say.

World Food Program and Syrian Red Crescent personnel unload bags of humanitarian aid inside a warehouse in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. (File photo: Reuters)

The sources, who have knowledge of the country’s commercial food deals, said the country’s three-year civil war, which has claimed more than 150,000 lives and forced millions from their homes, is taking its toll, with large suppliers increasingly unwilling or unable to provide cargoes for the Syrian market.

“What we are seeing is a fragmentation of the business now.

Smaller, fly-by-night outfits and new companies connected with the Syrian government are more active.

This is not enough in terms of what the country needs to buy, and they cannot do the high-volume business to meet the demand,” a Middle East-based trade source said.