Strengthening Iraq's seed systems

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. Addressing shortcomings in Iraqi seed production will mean farmers will be able to get good quality seed when they need it.

Joining the WTO would bring benefits to Iraq

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. The report concluded that if Iraq were to succeed in gaining full membership, there would be a number of both positive and negative impacts on different sectors.

Targeting key policy reforms

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.