• Conservation agriculture (CA) – the practice of not plowing farmlands and leaving crop residues in the field to improve soil fertility and save water – is a proven and cost-effective approach that balances yields, conserves resources, and increases efficiency.
  • The availability of, and access to, high quality seed is an important factor controlling agricultural productivity. In Iraq, like other dryland countries, quality seed maintains rural livelihoods and ensures food and nutritional security.    
     
  • One of HSAD’s strategic priorities is to support the Government of Iraq and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in the creation of an enabling policy environment to encourage the uptake of new crops and technology packages that can bring more income to farmers and the country’s agricultural sector.

  • Extension services – the way that new techniques and technologies are promoted and distributed to farmers – are often held back in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region (IKR) by budget cuts, limited funds, and poor facilities.

  • As part of the HSAD initiative in Iraq, ICARDA plant scientists recently set up field trials to identify sustainable sources of livestock feed.

  • ICARDA plant scientists working on the HSAD project in Iraq are currently testing a new method of controlling Dubas bug infestations in date palm orchards.

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