Tag Archives | food security

Drought forces Iraq to Cut Wheat Production

By John Lee. A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that continued drought and water shortages are affecting economic activity in Iraq, especially grain production. The Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service says agricultural cropping in irrigated areas is down by 50 percent compared to […]

Emergency Meeting on Food Security in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has held an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss food security following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The meeting included the Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Planning, Trade, Agriculture, Water Resources, Industry, the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, and a number of advisors. As the situation […]

Food Security in Iraq: Impact of COVID-19

Food Security in Iraq: Impact of COVID-19 with a special section on water shortages and adaptation (November 2020 - May 2021) Over the six-month period analyzed in this report, Iraq experienced significant turmoil. In addition to the effects of the pandemic, with cases overall on the rise in Iraq - now in its third wave […]

Video: Iraq Govt Bans Imports to Support Farmers

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq is banning some food imports in an attempt to support its own farmers. But there are doubts over whether the move will help local production. Simona Foltyn reports from Baghdad:

Bumper Rice Crop in Iraqi Kurdistan

From Rudaw. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Kurdistan Region rice farmers harvest bumper crop Rice harvest season has begun in the Kurdistan Region, and farmers in Erbil's Harir sub-district say there's been a boom in production this year. "We're making a […]

Iraq to Export Barley for the First Time

By John Lee. Iraq's Ministry of Agriculture has reportedly announced that it will export barley for the first time. A ministry spokesman told Shafaaq News Agency that 700,000 tons of barley will be auctioned next week, with ten countries expressing an interest in bidding. (Source: Shafaaq)

Complex Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security in Iraq

New report from FAO, IFAD, WFP and the World Bank reveals complex impact of COVID-19 on food security in Iraq As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank have collected and analyzed new data on the […]

Iraq plans Self-Sufficiency in Dairy Products

By John Lee. The Minister of Industry and Minerals, Dr. Saleh Abdullah Al-Jubouri, has said Iraq is determined to achieve self-sufficiency in "various dairy products". He made the comments during a visit to the Abu Ghraib Dairy Factory, which is operated by the Ministry's General Company for Food Products. The plant has recently been expanded, […]

Iraq achieves Self-Sufficiency in Strategic Crops

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Hashim al-Ani announced July 5 that the ministry received about 4 million tons of local wheat, a step that signals the country is ready to achieve […]