WFP Iraq And Local Partners Lead Transformative Agricultural Project In Ninawa
ON 02/08/2024 AT 08 : 16 AM
The WFP-led program trains over 500 farmers in conservation agriculture, water management, and modern irrigation techniques to overcome the worst effects of the climate crisis that threaten agricultural production and livelihoods.
The initiative aims to integrate ‘conservation agriculture’ methods with modern irrigation to enhance natural resources; promoting no-till techniques, the initiative aims to achieve labor and cost savings for farmers as well as address the critical issue of water scarcity in arid lands. Ninawa, historically known as the “breadbasket” of Iraq, has seen several years of drought, water shortages, poor soil conditions, and limited access to resources, exacerbated by conflict.
The project also helps enhance biodiversity and ensure long-term resilience in the face of climate variability by equipping farmers with both the knowledge and tools to embrace soil conservation, use native seeds, and introduce drought-resistant species.
Participants are also receiving agricultural inputs and assets WFP donated to the University of Mosul and the Directorate of Agriculture, such as no-till seeders, tractors, and storage facilities.
WFP is working closely with the Government of Iraq and its partners to address the root causes of climate change and adaptation and national policy to support the most vulnerable families. Generously funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this project aims to pave the way for sustainable agricultural development in Iraq.