Drought has pushed up to 3 million people in Syria into poverty, a top U.N. official said, according to IRIN. Olivier de Schutter, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, added that up to 1.3 million people are affected by the ongoing drought, which is on its fourth year. Small-scale farmers are the ones most affected by the drought, which IRIN says is also threatening the country’s food security.
In addition, Schutter observed that the U.N. aid appeal for Syria is not receiving enough funds and that aid has been politicized. The appeal is only 34 percent funded as of early September, IRIN says, citing the U.N.