A comprehensive and nation-wide approach

Covering the whole of Iraq, the initiative is coordinated from three main offices: an office in Baghdad to cover the central provinces, an Erbil office to cover the Northern provinces, and a Basra office to cover the South. In order to facilitate effective integration with Iraq’s Ministry of Agriculture, the Erbil office is located within the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, and the Basra office is hosted by the Directorate of Agricultural Extension.

While policy and extension activities will be applied nationwide, alternative initiatives will target specific regions to take advantage of optimal conditions, capacity, and expertise. Efforts to extend Integrated Pest Management to date palm production systems, for instance, will target Basra and the South where date palm cultivation is concentrated and production is routinely affected by persistent pest infestations.     

Similarly, the promotion of conservation agriculture will largely take place in the northern Kurdistan region where conditions are suitable and on-going partner projects can provide knowledge and guidance on effective implementation. Additional interventions will include seed multiplication – in multiple locations including Erbil, Baghdad, and Babil – and date palm tissue culture in Baghdad and Basra.

Initial rapid impact interventions will be implemented over a six-month period, followed by medium-term activities implemented over a period of one, two or more years – the length of implementation will depend on the type of activity.

In total, over 80 separate interventions will be implemented over the coming year. Performance will be measured by a newly developed results framework, a performance management plan that is updated annually in consultation with regional technical teams and relevant stakeholders, including officials at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).