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Video: Conflict and Drought ravage Date Palms

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Sweet Iraqi dates adorn tables in homes across the country, but the fruit tree and national symbol has come under threat from conflict and crippling drought. View on YouTube

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Iraq to Increase Wheat Imports

By John Lee. Iraq is expected to significantly increase its imports of wheat, as it reportedly cuts the irrigated area it plants with wheat by half in the 2018-2019 growing season due to the continuing water shortages. Deputy Agriculture Minister Mahdi al-Qaisi told Reuters: “The shortage of water resources, climate change and drought are the […]

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Turkish Dam causes Water Shortage in Iraq

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi chaired a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security (pictured) on Sunday, focusing on the water shortage in Iraq. The Council viewed a presentation by the Minister of Water Resources, Hassan Al Janabi, which included a plan to address the expected water scarcity for the current summer. […]

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Japan Supports Development of Water Supply and Irrigation

JICA to Support Reconstruction through Development and Rehabilitation of Water Supply and Irrigation Facilities: On 3 May, 2018, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Iraqi Government signed two loan agreements at Ministry of Finance in Baghdad. These two ODA (Official Development Assistance) loans, amounting to JPY 34,880 million (approximately USD 329 million) in […]

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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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Dangerously Dirty Water threatens Iraq

From UN Environment. How dangerously dirty water is threatening one of the world’s ancient religions On an unseasonably warm winter afternoon in Baghdad, Sheikh Anmar Ayid hitches up his robe and crouches by the Tigris river. Rocking back and forth on his haunches, he flicks the water from side to side – all the while […]

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Iraq’s Lack of Water “is a Foreign Policy Problem”

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. By Mustafa Habib. Iraq’s Lack Of Water Is A Foreign Policy Problem, Ministers Say Once it was the extremists who held Iraq’s water to ransom. Now it is tribes in […]

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Iraq Delegation to Visit Turkey over Water Dispute

By John Lee. An Iraqi government delegation is planning to visit Turkey to discuss environmental concerns over Turkey’s Ilisu Dam on the Tigris River. Iraqi Water Resources Minister Hassan al-Janabi (pictured) recently commented: “All regions of Iraq face the danger of water scarcity.” The amount of water in key Iraqi rivers has reportedly fallen by […]

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Drought Threatens 1m Acres in Kurdistan

By John Lee. Nearly 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) of land in the Kurdistan Region have reportedly been rendered barren due to drought. Faruq Ali, Director of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Water resources, told Rudaw: “Due to the lack of rainfall during this year’s plantation season, I predict that nearly 60 […]

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NESPAK Reopens Office in Iraq

By John Lee. National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK) has set up an office in Iraq, reports The News. Managing Director Amjad A Khan said that the company has set up its office in Baghdad to deal with the East Gharraf [Gharaf] project awarded by the Ministry of Water Resources. The project marks the restart of […]

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New Report on Drought in Iraq

The United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has announced the launch of the Analysis Report “Integrated Drought Risk Management – National Framework for Iraq” produced by UNESCO’s Iraq Office under the Drought Risk Management (DRM) Project. During the previous months, UNESCO and UNAMI‘s Joint Analysis Unit assessed the information gathered and analyzed investigating […]

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