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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More