This edition provides updates from the first quarter of 2022 on the United Nations World Food Program’s ongoing partnerships with the Government of Iraq; Interventions for climate action and rural development; youth and women empowerment initiatives, capacity building in monitoring and evaluation; innovations on improving the efficiency of the public food ration distribution system (PDS); Baghdad International Water Conference; International Women’s Day and more…
PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
WFP worked with the PepsiCo Foundation to train 118 farmers in Ninewa on good agricultural practices for planting and growing potatoes. The global model sees PepsiCo buying the potatoes harvested to produce snacks in Iraq, in a virtuous circle.
This is part of WFP’s approach to leveraging its partnerships, to complement its resilience-building and rural development activities.
This training was delivered by 16 agronomists from Nineveh who benefited earlier from WFP capacity building through a Training of Trainers (ToT) for 30 agronomists including from Halabja, thus completing the implementation cycle. implemented. Agronomists from the Ninawa and Halabja directorates of education will receive additional training to guide farmers on good agricultural practices and improve the quality and yield of their crops.
INTERNATIONAL WATER CONFERENCE IN BAGHDAD
WFP collaborated with the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources to organize the second annual International Water Conference in Baghdad, to highlight and provide solutions to climate change and water scarcity issues facing Iraqi people and agriculture.
The WFP presented its latest data and findings on the issue to help the Iraqi government with its green paper to address these serious challenges.
MADE IN IRAQ
As part of rural development work to build resilience, WFP and partner Samaritan’s Purse organized a ‘pop-up Food Festival – Made in Iraq’ in Hamdaniya, Ninewa. The festival featured foods that were homemade or produced in small batches by women’s cooperatives, such as tahini, cheese, yogurt, pastries and more. Women-led cooperatives have received small grants and essential goods such as stoves, and have been trained in consecutive years as part of the resilience projects of WFP and its partners. The cooperatives enable women to support their households, especially female heads of households who have been stressed due to the conflict in the region. The groups use local raw materials and sell in local markets, contributing to the local economy and diversifying their livelihoods.
The event brought together the Mayor of Hamdaniya, Professor Issam Behnam Daaboul, officials, traders and community members, as well as the Mosul Women’s Hub. Discussions are underway to expand the program to reach more women, also making local government a key partner. Additional support to women-led cooperatives is needed to enable women to transform their cooperatives into long-term micro-enterprises.