Harmonized Support for Agriculture Development in Iraq
‘HSAD’ – the project for Harmonized Support for Agriculture Development - is a new research for development initiative that aims to improve the competitiveness of selected Iraqi agricultural/ agribusiness value chains and raise the incomes of farmers and agribusinesses. It is led by ICARDA with the government of Iraq, a consortium of US universities led by the University of Illinois (UC Davis, Texas A&M, University of Florida), and IFPRI. Called ‘HSAD’ (meaning harvest in Arabic), the project is supported by USAID.
The strategic commodities, that are crucial to Iraq’s national food security, include wheat and barley, forage and food legumes; small ruminant meat and dairy products; date palm and selected horticulture crops. A priority focus is on crops most likely to impact small-scale, poor farmers and especially women through income diversification.
The project’s target outcomes are:
· A reformed agenda of Iraqi laws and regulations
·Enabling policies, regulations, and institutions
· More competitive value chains and beneficiaries taking advantage of the new reforms
HSAD is put into action using an interactive approach, in three phases:
·Building on the results of past and current ICARDA research in Iraq to capitalize on their results
·The full involvement of the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and close interaction with policy and decision makers in ministries who are involved in value chain development
·Strategic capacity development effort, with an exit strategy that targets reducing reliance on international staff and the handover to Iraqi specialists and institutions
The full HSAD website is in preparation, check back here for updates and more detailed information.
This web page is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States agency for International Development (USAID). The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or HSAD implementing partners.