At a recent three-day workshop, held at the Qushtapa seed cleaning factory in Erbil, Ministry of Agriculture officials learned how to operate mobile seed cleaning machines. The staff who participated in the workshop will now train other trainers. This training-of-trainers (ToT) will speed the spread of small-scale seed cleaning technology to farmers and private sector operators.
Held in Amman (Jordan), HSAD recently hosted “Policy Options and Policy Modelling Workshop for Agricultural Growth and Food Security in Iraq,” which brought together researchers, policymakers, and representatives from non-governmental and public organizations across the country. The aim of the workshop was to identify ways of improving key agricultural growth and food security policies and methodologies in Iraq. Policy reform is one of HSAD’s top project priorities and is a core activity of its 2013–2014 program.
HSAD recently held its first extension workshop in Erbil. Around 80 participants, including representatives from a variety of extension centers, attended the three day event to exchange their experiences.