HSAD works to improve the competitiveness of agricultural value chains and raise the incomes of farmers and agri-businesses. To achieve this requires the creation of an enabling environment - a reform agenda for Iraqi laws and regulations to facilitate effective public sector engagement – and the restructuring and improvement of extension services.
Improved skilling and professional capacity is the key to achieving this positive change. Capacity building activities will target the Ministry of Agriculture to equip officials with the skills to deliver training, accurately assess technology and policy constraints, and promote self-reliance. This will strengthen national ownership and ultimately reduce the need for external support – a key priority of the program. HSAD’s international partners support the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture, the lead organization.
Specific objectives supporting the main aims of the HSAD project include:
- Delivering technologies to farmers: proven interventions for crop, livestock, and natural resource management, including stress tolerant plant varieties, alternative feed sources, and supplemental irrigation
- Developing reform action plans: summarizing constraints, piloting enabling options, and recommending policy reforms
- Strengthening and supporting the Iraqi extension system to increase its effectiveness in technology and services delivery: shifting from ‘top-down’ extension models to participatory approaches involving farmers and rural communities
- Developing new policies, rules, and regulations: a new informed policy framework based on the results of pilot programs and assessments
- Developing an impact evaluation of new policy options, rules and regulations: a persuasive and robust analysis of policy and regulation impacts approved and enacted by Iraqi authorities
- Training targeting farmers and agri-businesses: helping beneficiaries to effectively navigate new services, policy rules, and regulations