Nadhir Al-Ansari , Salwan Ali Abed and Salam Hussein Ewaid* Agriculture in Iraq

The climate of Iraq is of the subtropical semi-dry type; however, the country was rich in water resources until a few decades ago. The climate change, the construction of many dams on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers in the neighboring countries, wasting water, and mismanagement caused water shortages. Now, there is a need to decrease consumption, good management of water resour

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Iraq to Offer First-Ever Barley Exports as Rains Yield Surplus

By Khalid Al-Ansary Iraq will offer barley for export for the first time after ample rains and price incentives spurred farmers to grow a surplus of the grain. The government plans to start auctioning 700,000 tons of the grain next week and anticipates interest from Gulf Arab states, Jordan and countries in North Africa, agriculture ministry spokesman Hameed Al-Nayef said

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Iraqi farming and privatisation: an interview with Eckart Woertz

Ahead of our forthcoming second report on Iraq’s water resources, we spoke with Eckart Woertz, Director at the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies and Professor for contemporary history and politics of the Middle East at the University of Hamburg. In 2014, Dr. Woertz published Oil for Food: The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East. A detailed analysis of the political ec

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Food Security in Iraq – Impact of COVID-19

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The COVID-19 pandemic continues across the world, and in Iraq the number of cases is rising. As of 30 June 2020, the World Health Organization reported 49,109 cases in Iraq, with 1,943 fatalities. Since March, the government has been enforcing movement restrictions and curfews to help slow transmission of the virus. As the livelihoods of many people have be

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Iraq’s Wheat Production Economics: To what extent it is possible to close the current yield gap? By Dr Fadhel Ridha *

Abstract The objective of this paper is to raise a question and examine the possibility of revitalizing wheat production and industry in Iraq. To what extent it is possible to close the gap between the actual wheat yield per unit of land and the potential yield in Iraq using the available tools such as high yielding cultivars, optimal use of fertilizers and water application a

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