While US and international sanctions aren't specifically targeted at Kurdish-ruled northeast Syria, the area is impacted all the same with trade practically halted and because of the sudden plunge of the Syrian pound.
Satellite images released by campaigners last week showed fields, orchards and olive groves burning in Syria. The Syrian regime and the rebels have blamed each other for the destruction, the UN’s World Food Programme said.
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.
Following a dry winter, heavy rainfall has now caused significant damage to the agricultural sector in the Syrian province of Idleb. Some farmers have reported that around 50% of their crops were harmed by the heavy rains.