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Can urban agriculture help to save east Aleppo, Syria?

Monday, October 17, 2016 6:29
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‘There’s still the problem of not enough fuel or farm hands,’ says farmer Salim Atrache [Mahmoud Shehabi. Aljazeera]

As conditions worsen, one local farm is trying to feed besieged residents, one crop at a time.

Adam Lucente and Zouhir Al Shimale
Oct 17, 2016


Although some Aleppo residents have already been raising animals and growing food in the city, what makes Atrache’s project unique is the size of the plot and the intent to provide food for the masses.

“We’ll sell the crops so we can cover our expenses,” explained Abu Brain, who works on the farm. He said that the farm would go out of its way to ensure that none of its crops ended up in the hands of the government, aiming only to provide food for rebel areas.

“We’ll sell to retail centres [within east Aleppo], and avoid as much as possible the regime,” he said, noting that the farm also hopes to sell to hospitals and other local institutions.

Christine Nyirjesy Bragale, a spokeswoman with Mercy Corps, told Al Jazeera that Aleppo’s food situation has grown increasingly bleak.

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