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.
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.
With neighboring Iran diverting rivers and building dams, Kurdish farmers in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are in the midst of an already severe water crisis that threatens to get even worse, thanks to national and regional governments failing to acknowledge the urgency of the problem.
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.