The damaged Agriculture Ministry building at the city of Douma in Damascus. (REUTERS/Ali Hashisho)
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International efforts to rebuild Syria once the civil war is over should center on agriculture to kick start the economy and quickly improve the livelihoods of the people, a high-level United Nations official said Tuesday.In an interview with The Associated Press ahead of an international Syria donors conference, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization's Deputy Director General Daniel Gustafson said that in case of a return to peace the impact of funding farming would yield almost immediate results.U.N. figures show that some $16 billion in production has been lost because of the war and it will take about as much to get the recovery of farming going again.When the war started almost half the population was still employed in farming.
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