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The Middle East's driest winter in several decades could pose a threat to global food prices, with local crops depleted and farmers' livelihoods blighted, U.N. experts and climatologists say.In Iraq, which once boasted the largest tracts of fertile arable land in the region, it is only three years since the last major cycle of drought ended, which covered more than 73 percent of the country.A poor rain season in Syria has already hit its 2014 wheat outlook in the main rain-fed areas in the northeastern parts of the country, which should be ready for harvest in June and July, Syrian agriculturalists say.Syria's wheat production is now pinned on the irrigated sown areas that depend on the Euphrates and underground water, which before 2011 accounted for no more than 40 percent of total annual production.The drought and war could slash Syria's total wheat output to less than a third of its precrisis harvest of around 3.5 million tons to just over a million tons in 2014 .
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