Hen distribution in Iraq

Jun 2017

During the first week of June 2017, 2,400 people (400 households) from 150 villages in Iraq received 9,600 hens, poultry feeding and drinking equipment, and 80 tonnes of feed. The recipients were either displaced by conflict or residents of areas where displaced people or refugees were living.

Over the course of a year, the hens will produce approximately 1.38 million eggs and 1,200 kilograms of meat, providing food for families and income from the sale of surplus eggs. Each family received 23 hens, which will together produce around 3,450 eggs and 30 kilograms of meat in a year.

The hen distribution was part of a larger project that is also supporting another 400 Iraqi households (2,400 people) with training, tools and equipment for bee-keeping for honey production, and dairy and fruit processing, and 500 Syrian refugee households (3,000 people) in Qushtapa camp in Erbil governorate and Domiz 1 camp in Dohuk governorate with training in greenhouse vegetable production. In ten greenhouses at each camp, participants will initially focus on growing tomatoes and cucumbers, due to high market demand.

The USD 1.6 million project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Author: FAO/Iraq