Japan announced on Sunday its funding of a 1.5-million-dollar FAO project in Iraq, noting that funding comes to provide food, improve food diversity, and promote income and self-reliance.
“Japan has provided $ 1.5 million in support to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in order to help fragile families in the restored areas to organize the necessary means to produce fresh and nutritious vegetables,” Japanese Ambassador to Iraq Fumio Iwai said in a statement. Thousands of people in conflict-affected areas in Anbar, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahuddin provinces. ”
“These families, whether they have not left their areas or have recently returned, will receive input from the production process, their equipment, special training on horticulture, agricultural production in the back yard, and crop-producing glasshouses throughout the year, to provide food, improve food diversity and enhance income. Self-reliance. ”
“About 1,260 vulnerable households, including female-headed households, will receive a set of gardening tools in the backyard (agricultural containers, seeds, vegetables, fertilizers and manual gardening tools) as well as their own training, while 1,740 others Through the group of glasshouses and supplying them with seeds, tools and fertilizers, and training them by the Organization and the Ministry of Agriculture on the production of vegetables, including harvesting, storage, processing and marketing, and will remain glass houses belong to the communities at the end of the project.
“This is the fourth year in a row since Japan began to provide assistance to the Iraqi and Syrian populations affected by actions that have been boosted by its additional budget,” Ewai said. “Assistance to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq comes as part of the new package And the $ 100 million for supporting humanitarian efforts and stability in Iraq. ”
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on February 13 that Iraq lost about 40 percent of its agricultural production as a result of the war against the Da’ash organization.