• Iraq’s seed production system has made impressive progress in recent years. Building on this progress, one of the main thrusts of the HSAD program is to lend a hand to help strengthen the production of quality seed in the country.

  • A HSAD extension consultant has just finished a review of the extension work ongoing in Iraq. Currently, the main delivery method is through designated centers and farms, which is believed to provide the best way forward in terms of increasing extension capacity.

  • Date palms have long been an integral part of the irrigated farming systems of central and southern Iraq. Dates and their products represent an important source of household income, especially in rural areas.

  • In the last quarter of 2013, HSAD, together with ICARDA and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), contributed to a report on the acceptance of Iraq into the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the request of USAID.
  • 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

  • The most obvious practical obstacle to the uptake of conservation agriculture (CA) in Iraq is that zero-tillage (ZT) seeders are not commercially available.