Farmers in the the agricultural village of al-Ghouta, which is located on the banks of the Euphrates south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, have suffered due to poor crop marketing and lack of support. However, despite these difficulties the farmers are not discouraged from doing their jobs.
Since the turmoil after the 2011 Arab Spring, the number of unlicensed buildings in Egypt skyrocketed. Now, authorities are cracking down on residents who build on farmland affecting the country's farmers the most. The farmers complain that the government isn't providing alternatives for those who need cheap housing.
New law states that property owners in Syria and abroad must present deeds to offices inside the country by early May or the state could seize their holdings. This law will affect many refugees who have fled Syria since the conflict began in 2011.
The Raqqa Civilian Council has continued its efforts to restore Raqqa's water supply. The reinstatement of irrigation canals to the the city's surrounding countryside has revitalised agricultural land.