Capacity Building

  • The HSAD initiative is working to improve the way in which new techniques and technologies are delivered to farmers – emphasizing the ‘for’ in research for development. But, how can this be achieved in a direct, easily understood way to optimize adoption?  
  • During the last quarter of 2013, HSAD ran a number of training courses, covering activities in extension, seed, policy, tissue culture, and integrated pest management (IPM).

  • A new date palm tissue culture lab has been set up in Basra by the Basra Governorate. Following HSAD’s surveys and recommendations, the Governorate has upgraded and equipped the lab, which was approved by USAID on January 14, 2014.

  • Despite the commitment of Iraqi decision makers, ineffective regulatory and policy regimes are perceived as one of the most significant barriers to improving the country’s food security and agricultural production - a problem that partly stems from the limited capacity of Iraqi government institu

  • In a bid to improve farmer access to new innovations, the ICARDA-managed and USAID- funded HSAD initiative recently sent senior Iraqi extension agents to a major international conference where they were able to share ideas and practices on participatory approaches to agricultural extension.
  • A coordination meeting in Erbil between HSAD and a team from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (IKR-MOAWR) has identified a number of initiatives to help build productivity and incomes in the Kurdistan region.