Iraq irrigation project:Demining and repair initiative restores key irrigation canals near Mosul

Dec 2016

Some 200 000 people from Mosul and across Iraq will be able to earn an income for the first time since 2014, thanks to a new FAO project that is restoring irrigation to 250 000 hectares of farmland.

Water will soon be flowing again through the canals that used to feed the once-fertile land some 30 km west of Mosul – Iraq’s third largest city. Through the cash-for-work component of the project, FAO supports vulnerable families who need money for daily needs, including food and clothes, heating and transport. Many of them have not had paid employment for at least two years.