Story by Robin Hammond / NOOR for FAO
Turkey hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country. Turkey also needs skilled and semi-skilled labourers in the agricultural sector, especially in livestock production, greenhouse cultivation, and the harvesting and processing of crops such as olives, cotton, pistachio and citrus and stone fruits.
Yunus Yunus was working as a finance manager at a textile company in Syria when conflict drove him from his homeland. Yunus, 54, his wife and their six children have now lived in Turkey for five years. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided Yunus with agricultural training as part of an initiative to build the resilience of Syrian refugees and their host communities in Turkey. “When local farmers found out that we had taken the agriculture training course with FAO they were willing to employ us,” says Yunus. “For me food is security and it means securing my children’s future.”