FAO, European Union support recovery of agri-livelihoods in Iraq

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Dr. Salah El Hajj Hassan, FAO’s Representative in Iraq met with Mr. Najm Al-Jubouri, Governor of Nineveh to discuss the UN food agency’s activities and programs in the governorate in northern Iraq as well as the challenges faced by the farming sector and availability of water resources.

Dr. Hassan presented FAO’s EU-funded projects to recover agri-livelihoods through value chains, income generation, revitalization of food production, and secure irrigation water in Nineveh.

While H.E. Mr. Al-Jubouri discussed ways of boosting cooperation with FAO. He praised the agency’s role in advancing the agricultural sector in Nineveh Governorate.

“I am delighted to see that, thanks to the strong collaboration between FAO and the national and local authorities, distribution of inputs to farmers is starting in Nineveh under this EU funded intervention. I strongly believe that the agriculture and the agri-food sectors have a great potential for the diversification of the economy in Iraq, and restoring the historical agricultural capacities of the Nineveh region is key to such development,” said Mr. Martin Huth, the EU Ambassador to Iraq.