On Tuesday, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said that the Syrian wheat crop this year was the smallest in three decades as a result of war and drought. This puts greater pressure on the Assad government as flat bread is a subsidised staple for Syrians.
The date palms, an Iraqi national symbol, have come under threat from conflict and crippling drought. The majority of dates now sold in Iraq come from trees, which first took root in the country, before being replanted in other Gulf states.
Iraqi farmers are facing drought, a significant drop in annual rainfall and growing salinity in the once water-rich country. The construction of major dams in Turkey and Iran since the 1970s has also reduced the level of water flowing into the country.
Iraqi farmers in the south are fighting to save their cattle from punishing drought as they travel ever greater distances with their flock to find water. The drought is a result of Iraq's neighbours, Iran and Turkey, rerouting several rivers and tributaries that are used to help irrigate Iraq.
The Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture stated that the cultivation of crucial crops such as rice has been suspended in Iraq due to an unusually long drought. The rerouting of rivers from bordering countries and building of dams has also contributed greatly to the water crisis.