Resilience

Fertilizer distribution in retaken areas of Iraq

Feb 2017

Wheat farmers in Ninewa Governorate rely on selling their crops to the government for its Public Distribution System – an important social safety net entitling Iraqi citizens to receive rations of flour, rice, sugar and cooking oil from the government. However since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took parts of Iraq in 2014, the government has been late to pay farmers due to needing to divert funds to the conflict, which means farmers cannot afford agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, which are important for healthier and higher yielding crops.

The FAO project has distributed 750 tonnes of fertilizer to 2 140 farming families (12 840 people) affected by conflict to improve the yield of their crops. Through providing agricultural inputs, the project aims to strengthen and sustain agricultural production in areas affected by conflict, increase the income of vulnerable rural households (including smallholder and marginal farmers, agricultural wage earners and returnees to retaken areas) and improve their food and nutrition security, livelihoods and nutrition.

Author: FAO/Iraq

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