Syria’s wheat harvest season is underway, with grim projections of severe shortfalls resulting from drought, regime mismanagement and surging prices for agricultural inputs. While the Syrian regime announced an increase in its purchase price for wheat, its rate remains lower than that of the Self-Administration and far lower than black market rates and as such, is expected to resort to coercive measures to pressure farmers into selling their crop to the regime. Regardless of its efforts to secure domestic crop, the regime still needs to import wheat to make up for the shortfall, an increasingly unviable option given the regime’s difficulty with financing imports and skyrocketing global grain prices. Amidst these food and fuel shortages, the regime is ploughing ahead with devastating austerity measures compounding the misery and hardships faced by ordinary Syrians. Most Syrian families have already been making crucial survival decisions over which essentials to cut, choosing between food, medicine or their children’s education. These negative coping mechanisms will only be further exacerbated by the current conditions. The economic devastation that is being wreaked on Syria is entrenching extreme poverty rates among the country’s population; meanwhile, the Assad regime is ramping up massive revenues through its narco-state activities, severely limiting Syria’s prospects for any sort of recovery.