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EU provides €15m for vulnerable Iraqi Farmers

Farming families in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate will benefit from a European Union contribution of €15 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to recover agricultural livelihoods. The area, which includes the city of Mosul, was known as the country’s ‘breadbasket’ before conflict caused widespread damage and displacement. This project is […]

Decision on Russian Wheat Imports “Months Away”

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly still holding discussions over the possible import of wheat from Russia. Deputy trade minister Haitham Jameel Ismail al-Khshali told Reuters that a group of experts is looking into the issue, but it could be months before they reach a decision. (Source: Reuters)

Turkey sets up Expert Group on Iraq Water Projects

By John Lee. Turkey has reportedly established a group of 51 experts to help solve Iraq’s water problems. According to Anadolu Agency, Iraqi President Barham Salih visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week to discuss water and infrastructure. (Source: Anadolu Agency)

Who is really behind the Torching of Iraqi Grain Fields?

By Dana Taib Menmy for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Thousands of dunams of wheat and barley crops were torched this month in Kirkuk, Ninevah, Salahuddin and Diyala provinces, adding agony to the harsh lives of Iraqi farmers and raising the question […]

Video: Iraq’s Marshes Thrive Again

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Thirty years after Saddam Hussein starved them of water, Iraq’s southern marshes, which straddle the famous Tigris and Euphrates rivers, are blossoming once more. View on YouTube

FAO inaugurates its new offices in Sulaymaniya

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, inaugurated its new office In Sulaymaniya [Slemani] under the patronage of the First Lady of Iraq – Ms. Serbagh Saleh; and with the participation of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Marta Ruedas; FAO Representative a.i. for Iraq Mr. René Verduijn; the […]

Iraq fears Levees will mean Parched years ahead

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq fears bevy of levees will mean parched years ahead Although water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been rising as torrential rains fill some of the […]

KRG Details 167 Humanitarian Projects

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has issued a report on its “Priority Humanitarian Small Scale Projects: In Health, Education, Municipality, Electricity, Social Care, Agriculture and Livelihoods and Water Sectors Kurdistan Region-Iraq 2019“. The document presents a detailed breakdown of a total 167 priority humanitarian Small Scale Projects (SMPs) for 2019. The focus […]

Cause of Mystery Spill At Mosul Lake

By John Lee. A report from Bellingcat claims to have identified the source of a mysterious black sludge in Mosul Dam Lake. Analysis of open source satellite images suggest a combination of oil waste water, caused by either oil dumping or flooding of polluted rivers by the winter rains. Click here to read the full […]

Uncovering a Fish Epidemic that stunned Iraq

Test results from international laboratories confirm that the death of millions of farmed carp in Iraq in late 2018 was caused by fish disease, not pollution. The carp suffered from the Koi Herpes Virus (KHV), a lethal disease known to cause almost 100 percent mortality rates in carps. Based on these results, we can therefore […]

Wheat Production to rise sharply

By John Lee. Local wheat production in Iraq could reach almost 3 million tonnes in the 2018-2019 season, up from 2.17 million tonnes in the previous year, according to Reuters. While the total area of wheat planted using irrigation has fallen from one million hectares in the 2017-2018 season to 550,000 hectares this season, better […]