Recent Events

Click here




انجازات منظمة الفاو


FAO Role in the Iraq SRP



26 June 2014


ACF- FAO Rapid Assessment of Agricultural Livelihoods


Iraq Humanitarian Needs Overview 25 September 2014 OFFICIAL DOC


Rapid Resilience Assessment of Farmers in Northern Iraq


FINAL SRP PDF 21 Oct 2014



meeting held between FAO and the Iraqi Minister of Agriculture


اللقاء بين ممثلي منظمة الفاو - مكتب العراق

مع معالي وزير الزراعة الأستاذ عزالدين الدولة المحترم


Contact Numbers


+962 (6) 5562550


+962 (6) 5562553






FAO- Iraq

Jan - April 2013

May- August 2013


Erbril Newsletter



I-AGES publishes its

Second Newsletter



Global Issues

Know More ...





Background Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - IRAQ

˝Agriculture currently provides about 8 percent of Iraq’s GDP and 20 percent of employment, and supports a rural population of 7 million people. The sector has declined since the 1980s and is underperforming. Over the last fifteen years, agricultural production dropped by an average of 1.1 percent per year, and per capita agricultural production declined by about 3.9 percent per year. Productivity of the main cereal crops—wheat, barley, and rice—has fallen dramatically. Over half of the country’s total food requirement is imported. Under the sanctions regime, a Public Food Distribution System (PFDS), which provided food rations to all Iraqis, attempted to support food security at the household level, but fell short of ensuring adequate nutrition to most of the population.”

United Nations/World Bank Joint Iraq Needs Assessment, October 2003


FAO’s emergency role in Iraq

FAO is the UN sector team leader for agriculture, food security, environment and natural resource management. Operating from its relocated country office in Amman, FAO works in partnership with other UN agencies to provide support to the Iraq government, setting up activities with researchers, universities, extensionists and farmers.

To date FAO emergency activities in Iraq have received USD 95 million in funding from the multi-donor Iraq Trust Fund (ITF).


The focus areas of FAO’s work are:

  • rehabilitation of water supply systems, including Pumping Station irrigation and drainage infrastructure

  • restoration of livestock and veterinary services

  • promotion of employment generation through cottage industries and micro-enterprises such as dairy processing and bee-keeping

  • restoration of food safety and food processing capacity

  • resumption of fish farming and commercial fish industry

  • rehabilitation of the seed industry

  • rehabilitation of the date palm sector


From Emergency To Development:    Medium-Term   Strategy For FAO Assistance To Iraq


The report, "From Emergency to Development - Medium Term Strategy for FAO Assistance," was prepared by the FAO Iraq team in early 2008 in intensive consultation with Iraqi Government officials. Its purpose was to take stock of ongoing policy, economic and social developments, review the emergency work done so far by FAO to help in the rehabilitation of the agricultural sector of Iraq and design a flexible medium term strategy for FAO assistance to the sector in the transition from emergency to development. The report was endorsed at a Validation Workshop held in Amman in April 2008 with the participation of Iraqi authorities, UN and FAO representatives. Iraq in partnership with the international community has recognized the importance of agriculture for the substantive role it plays in the overall economic and social development of the country. The seeks to make a contribution to this process.

Iraqi Marshlands Initiative: FAO/MOSM Joint Programming Strategy


The medium term Joint Programming Strategy between Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq (FAO-Iraq) and the Ministry of State for the Marshlands Affairs (MOSM) was discussed and endorsed during the Validations Workshop that was held in Amman over 11 and 12 March 2009. The Joint Programming is the result of all the discussions that took place over a number of meetings and communications between the technical staff from both FAO-Iraq and MOSM. It expresses the agreement to join efforts to assist the Iraqi Marshlands people and support the agriculture production and post production activities in the area; mainly in the sectors of Fisheries, Horticulture, Livestock, agro-industries, GIS Applications and Food Safety.  


The workshop was attended by Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (Humanitarian, Reconstruction and Development) for Iraq – Mr. David Shearer and high level participation from the Iraqi Ministry of State for the Marshlands Affairs (headed by HE the Minister), Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources, University of Basra, Donors community (including EC, Norway, Italy and JICA), the Canadian Iraqi Marshlands Initiative, FAO HQ, FAO-Iraq team and other UN agencies.


Additional Information:







FAO activities in Iraq during January 2015:


At anb TV on 25 January 2015. One hour TV program about FAO in Iraq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNE2Mi2iU-I


PoA – Iraq  2015-2019:

*At Albabylia TV on 24 Jan. 2015 40 minutes detailed TV program about the PoA validation workshop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO85Eg3O-g4

*Rawabet Media Center published report about PoA in Iraq on 22 Jan. 2015 http://rawabetcenter.com/archives/3162

*Another report on 23 Jan. 2015 at anb TV about the PoA in Iraq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE1W7CRhI5M

*Another coverage by Altagheer TV on 22 Jan. 2015, about the PoA in Iraq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR4SfqI5lCM

*At Alrasheed TV on 27 Jan. 2015 about FAO Iraq PoA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3cGBRrgB-U


C4W activities:

*Diyala Satellite Channel first program on 03 Jan 2015, about C4W activities in Iraq http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps80avjzVSI

*Another program on 18 Jan. 2015 at Diyala Satellite Channel about the C4W https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r78R0_1zQAs


Media released on behalf of FAO Iraq

Sky news Arabia shot a report yesterday on FAO fund from Saudi Arabia and the projects under its umbrella, in addition to an interview with one of the farmers. Most of the footages were taken from FAO/MoA warehouse in Erbil city. Here’s the link to it; http://www.skynewsarabia.com/web/video/702183/%D9%81%D8%A7%D9%88-%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%AF%D9%85-%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%B9%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D8%AC%D9%84%D8%A9-%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B9%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%94%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84

A recent interview of Dr. Fadel El-Zubi with UN Arabic Radio in New York regarding the agricultural rehabilitation and  food production situation in Iraq where he talks about the KSA fund and projects and their impact on 132,000 beneficiaries.

Dr. Fadel El-Zubi FAO representative in Iraq just recently did an audio interview in English for FAO news website on “farmers and herders in Iraq and their dire need of support” where he mentions the KSA fund to FAO’s three on-going projects.

English articles

Arabic articles





Ø UN Radio

Ø Agriculture Channel

Ø IRFFI - Iraq Rect Fund Facility

Ø MDTF - Multi Donor Trust Fund

Ø UNDG ITF  United Nations Dev't Grp, Iraq Trust Fund

Ø Bees Information

Ø1 Billion Hungry

ØMinistry of       ØAgriculture


This site was launched on 22/08/2008

Copyrights Reserved 2008: Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO Iraq)