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    Dec. 7, 2015 - Eastern Ukraine: Harvesting under Fire / VNR

    The results of a household survey released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) paint a bleak picture for small-scale, family-run farms in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Eastern Ukraine. The conflict – now more than a year old – has sparked skyrocketing prices for food, fuel, transport, seed, fertilizer, animal feed and other agricultural and household needs. Economic and security conditions are straining people’s ability to adapt. The vast majority of survey respondents are subsistence farmers who produce crops mainly for their own consumption. Even those who produce cash crops or have surplus production face daunting obstacles to selling their produce: lack of transport, high fuel prices, insecurity, distant markets and low prices at market. Migration is on the increase, the survey found, and those who remain on the land have a declining capacity to feed themselves. Full press release: http://www.fao.org/news-management/story-table/story-preview/en/item/357207/icode/

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    Date & Location Ukraine
    Duration 4' 0''
    Source FAO
    Contact FAO-Video@fao.org; Angela Rosati +39 0657052605; Annie Ho +39 06 57054746
    URL http://www.fao.org/3/a-i5171e.pdf
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