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Creating Alternative Livelihoods for Farming Families

Creating Alternative Livelihoods for Farming Families in Iraq In 2017, conflict in Iraq caused new displacements, while other people returned home as areas became safe. At the end of 2017, 2.6 million people remained displaced, and 3.2 million people had returned home since January 2014. FAO worked with affected communities, focusing on elderly people, people […]

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IFAD begins Investment in Iraq

IFAD to begin investment in Iraq to address challenges of agriculture and rural development The development of the first strategic roadmap for investment in smallholder agriculture and rural development in Iraq is the focus of a high-level meeting being held in Amman from 18 to 20 October. Organized by the International Fund for Agricultural Development […]

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Iraqi Lab Produces Resilient Date Palms

By Simon Kent. Biologists at the University of Basra have produced lab grown date palms which they say can better endure disease and problems of salinity and climate change which have decimated a once thriving date industry. Iraq used to produce over a million tons of dates a year, until war and other adverse conditions […]

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Security Crisis Sees Harvests Halved

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Extremists Go Against The Grain: Security Crisis Sees Farmers’ Harvests Halved in Northern Iraq As harvest time approaches for farmers in northern Iraq, the security crisis caused by the extremist […]

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Iraqi Farmers “in Dire Need of Support”

Wheat seeds, fertilizer and animal feed are starting to roll out to nearly 28,000 farming families in Iraq whose livelihoods have been left in tatters as a result of hostilities — part of an effort from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) aimed at reinforcing food production and helping people recover. But the Organization […]

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Fighting Robs Farmers of Harvest

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Approximately 60% of the residents of the Salahuddin province, 175 kilometers (109 miles) north of Baghdad, work in farming. Salahuddin was ranked the top producing province in agriculture in 2012, and earned […]

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ISIL Controls Vital Agricultural Resources

By Patrick Schmidt. While the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) conquest of oil fields and major dams has garnered the attention of the international community, the seizure of some of Iraq’s most valuable farmland has not received the same amount of attention. ISIL has large portions of Iraq’s top five most productive […]

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ENI to Hold Agricultural Seminars in Basra

Basra province and the Italian oil company ENI have agreed to hold courses for agricultural personnel in both governmental and private sectors, according to Aswat al-Iraq. A meeting was held with the Italian company to grant support to agricultural projects in the province, with the attendance of representatives from Florence University in Italy, which will […]

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Agriculture Ministry offers 5.7% of Iraq to Private Investors

Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture has completed a plan to make 10 million donums of agricultural land, equal to approximately 25,000 square kilometers, available for private investment. According to the report from AKnews, the land will be available in all Iraqi provinces, and represents about 5.7 percent of Iraq’s total area. “The ministry is following high-level […]

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Iraq to Spend $500m to Stimulate Agriculture

The Iraqi Agriculture Ministry wants to spend more than 600 billion IQD ($500 million) to build modern agricultural villages in order to stimulate the Iraqi agricultural sector. According to the report from AKnews, 20 billion IQD will be spent on average for each village in the provinces of Najaf, Anbar, Nineveh, Babil, Salahaddin and Baghdad; […]

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Unrest in Iraq – the Risk of Contagion

With unrest in several Arab cities, many in the region are worried about the risk of contagion. The latest flashpoints are Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Jordan and Algeria; but is Iraq vulnerable as well? The people certainly have a lot to complain about. Electricity The heat and increased use of air conditioning put a major strain […]

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