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Iraq Salinity Project

The Iraq Salinity Project is a partnership between the Iraqi Government and a group of international research centers, lead by ICARDA, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.  The research aims to better understand and provide options for reducing the negative effects of salinity on Iraqi agriculture. This two-year study is assessing the current situation of soil and water salinity in central and southern Iraq and will then propose solutions to the key decencies in the system. These include: rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage networks, introduction of new salt-tolerant crops, improving the quality and management of groundwater, and introducing best farming practices to enhance crop production.

Research findings are synthesized in the Iraq Salinity Assessment, a new body of evidence that can be used by donors and international development agencies to implement strategies for long term salinity management.

Access Iraq Salinity Information Platform here:
https://iraq-salinity-platform.icarda.org

Impacts/Initiatives

The Iraq Salinity Project was created in 2010 to understand the current salinity crisis and improve livelihoods through sustainable use of available water and soil resources in central and...

The research portfolio of the Iraq Salinity Project is put into action by research teams working in five different sites: Dujailah, Mussaiab, Abu-Khaseeb, West Gharrraf, Shat-al-AlArab and Al...

The Iraq Salinity Assessment presents the evidence produced by the research team into an   overview of options for managing and reducing soil and river salinity in central and south Iraq. New...

The project seeks to build the capacity of Iraqi scientists from participating institutions and ministries to implement the project and to sustain activities over the long term.

The...

Salinity distribution reported by the research teams is a key success factor of this project because it aims to have a clear understanding of the distribution of salinity and the extent of land...