Nutrition in Syria

Most of the evidence concentrates on vulnerable groups, very young children and women of child bearing age


The K4D helpdesk service provides brief summaries of current research, evidence, and lessons learned. Helpdesk reports are not rigorous or systematic reviews; they are intended to provide an introduction to the most important evidence related to a research question. They draw on a rapid desk-based review of published literature and consultation with subject specialists. Most of the evidence concentrates on the nutrition of vulnerable groups - mainly very young children and women of child bearing age. The little data available on nutritional status of the elderly is for those living in residential homes. For men, published evidence relates to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and is therefore not given here. The report includes findings from beseiged (BSG) areas such as Damascus, Deir-ez-Zor, Hama, Homs, Madaya in Rural Damascus, as well as hard-to-reach (HTR) areas, e.g. Al-Hassakeh. Data from newly accessible areas in Aleppo, Lattakia, and Tartous governorates is also included.

K4D helpdesk reports provide summaries of current research, evidence and lessons learned. This report was commissioned by the UK Department for International Development.


Tull, K. (2017). Nutrition in Syria. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Nutrition in Syria

Published 17 June 2017