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Smallholder Agricultural Revitalization Project

Though considered an upper middle-income country, due to a turbulent past and ongoing fragility, a noticeable share of the population has fallen into poverty. Agriculture is mostly practiced on small farming units and it is a low input–low output system. Low agricultural productivity has been a characteristic of Iraq’s agriculture for the last two decades and has made the country dependent on imports to meet its domestic food needs. The agriculture extension services for technology transfer, particularly for small producers, are weak. Considerable food losses are reported due to lack of post-harvest facilities.

The aim of the project is to enable poor smallholder farmers to improve crop and livestock productivity, develop activities to diversify their income source and develop means to become more resilient to the effects of climate change. Activities include rehabilitating and/or completing irrigation schemes to supply water to 8322 hectares in the project area, improving nutrition by diversifying crops, and developing and increasing dairy, fish and poultry production.

The project will also strengthen farmer organizations, women and youth groups and associations and help them to undertake productive investments both on and off the farm. Marshland communities who are engaged in fishing, raising livestock and hunting will also be included in project activities.

The project is being implemented in the four southern governorates of Muthanna, Qadisiya, Missan and Thi Qar. The level of poverty in these Governorates is among the highest in the country. The project is expected to reach 15,795 smallholder households and benefit

140,000 rural people in the target area.

Status: Ongoing

Country

Iraq

Approval Date

02 September 2017

Duration

2017 - 2025

Sector

Irrigation

Total Project Cost

US$ 31.84 million

IFAD Financing

US$ 18.23 million

Co-financiers (International)

Adaptation Fund US$ 9.22 million

Co-financiers (Domestic)

Domestic Financing Institutions US$ 2.46 million

Beneficiaries US$ 1.92 million

Financing terms

Ordinary

Project ID

2000001577

Project Contact

Samia Nadeem Awwad Akroush


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