By Al-Monitor staff. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Islamic State believed behind crop fires in Iraq’s disputed territories

Crops are burning in northern Iraq’s disputed territories again and locals are mobilizing to fight the suspected culprit, the Islamic State.

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Iraq has experienced a massive wave of displacement over the last four years that has caused an intricate housing, land and property situation.

During the recent conflict, many Iraqi citizens have had their property rights violated, such as having lost possession of their property or have had their property damaged or destroyed by different actors.

Approximately 5.8 million Iraqis were forced to abandon their homes and leave their areas of origin as a consequence of fear of violence, lack of freedom of movement, lack of access to basic services. In conflict affected areas, unlawful seizure, sale, systematic looting, and destruction of properties were highly common, and are consequently unable to return to their area of origin, are not able to re-establish their lives, or do not have the financial resources to rebuild their homes.

Enjoying tenure security and access to housing is a human right and humanitarian and governmental actors have a responsibility in ensuring that the rights of people are restored and respected.

PURPOSE OF THE COMPENSATION GUIDELINES

These guidelines have been drafted by HLP Sub-cluster Iraq to advise humanitarian actors who are working on compensation and HLP related issues.

The guidelines set out the scheme as set out in Iraq’s Law 20 of 2009,3 Law 574 of 2015 and Law 2 of 20205 which govern the compensation of all Iraqi citizens affected by damage or destruction of their properties caused by war operations, military errors and terrorist actions in Iraq.

It should be noted that the below guidelines will focus on compensation for housing, land and property only and not any of the other categories eligible for compensation foreseen by above mentioned laws.

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(Source: OCHA)

By Dr Renad Mansour and Glada Lahn, for the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Same Old Politics Will Not Solve Iraq Water Crisis

Addressing Iraq’s water crisis should be a priority for any incoming prime minister as it is damaging the country’s attempts to rebuild.

But successive governments have allowed the problem to fester.

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By Dr Renad Mansour and Glada Lahn, for the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Same Old Politics Will Not Solve Iraq Water Crisis

Addressing Iraq’s water crisis should be a priority for any incoming prime minister as it is damaging the country’s attempts to rebuild.

But successive governments have allowed the problem to fester.

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Directorate of Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and FAO discuss veterinary services in Kurdistan Region

The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources-Directorate of Planning in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has held a consultation meeting on improving animal health services.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss FAO programs and support to strengthen national veterinary institutions as a key instrument for enhancing rural livelihoods.

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry, Dr. Ghazi Faeq Haji, Director General of Planning, stated that FAO programs in the KRG are of great importance to the agriculture and livestock sectors.

He also expressed the Ministry’s readiness for increased collaboration with FAO on vaccination campaigns to control Endemic and Cross-Border Epidemics that negatively affect animal production in the country.

Moreover, Dr. Haji praised FAO’s role in supporting disease surveillance especially that livestock vaccination campaigns have been limited in KRG due to financial crises. He also stressed on the importance of mutual coordination to include other stakeholders and donors.

FAO’s Country Representative for Iraq, Dr. Salah ElHajj Hassan commended the Government of Kurdistan for taking the initiative in organizing this meeting.

He informed the meeting that FAO received funding from US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to control and reduce the international movement of animal diseases threatening livestock production, food security and nutrition, food safety and health and the environment in Iraq and KRG. He expressed FAO’s commitment to strengthen the capacity of veterinary services to detect, diagnose and report highly pathogenic animal diseases.

Dr. ElHajj Hassan also highlighted that FAO supports the Kurdistan Region initiative to move forward with sustainable growth that ensure agriculture and rural livelihoods improvement, poverty reduction as well as build resilience to climate change through institutional capacity building.

The DTRA project targets three governorates; Duhok, Nineveh and Anbar, and will strengthen the technical and institutional capacity of Iraqi veterinary services for effective surveillance and control of zoonotic and transboundary diseases in order to protect livestock from losses and reduce serious threats to human health and safety.

The meeting was attended by specialists from the Veterinary and Research Departments of the Ministry and Senior Officials from Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq.

(Source: UN)

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By John Lee.

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will support six Iraqi universities to develop climate-smart agriculture and efficient water management in Iraq.

Together with the Institute for Water Education (IHE) in Delft and ICRA Global, Wageningen researchers will train academic staff and develop knowledge transfer facilities.

Iraq is one of the focus countries of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For that reason, the Ministry asked WUR to explore the opportunities for cooperation in Iraq in 2018. Last year, an high-level Iraqi delegation visited Wageningen to discuss the collaboration. The two-year project will address several issues.

Teaching styles

First, the Dutch participants will try to modernize the outdated teaching styles at the Iraqi universities by incorporating group work and practical work in their curriculum.

Secondly, the project wants to organize joint research programs at the six universities. Each of these universities will send a scientist to Wageningen to write a joint research article about water management and climate-smart agriculture in Iraq.

The participants may also develop massive open online courses (mooc’s) to implement knowledge transfer to other universities and development partners.

Salinity problems

Iraq is recovering from the war against IS. Some universities were damaged, some others face a challenge to collaborate with farmers to combat water shortage or salinity problems in agriculture. For security reasons, the training will be held in The Netherlands and project partners will meet in the safe Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Karrar Mahdi, an Iraqi scientist at the Soil Physics and Land Use Planning group in Wageningen, will coordinate the project. The project has received a budget of 1,3 million euros. One-third of that budget will be spent at WUR to give scientific and educational assistance.

(Source: WUR)

By John Lee.

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) will support six Iraqi universities to develop climate-smart agriculture and efficient water management in Iraq.

Together with the Institute for Water Education (IHE) in Delft and ICRA Global, Wageningen researchers will train academic staff and develop knowledge transfer facilities.

Iraq is one of the focus countries of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For that reason, the Ministry asked WUR to explore the opportunities for cooperation in Iraq in 2018. Last year, an high-level Iraqi delegation visited Wageningen to discuss the collaboration. The two-year project will address several issues.

Teaching styles

First, the Dutch participants will try to modernize the outdated teaching styles at the Iraqi universities by incorporating group work and practical work in their curriculum.

Secondly, the project wants to organize joint research programs at the six universities. Each of these universities will send a scientist to Wageningen to write a joint research article about water management and climate-smart agriculture in Iraq.

The participants may also develop massive open online courses (mooc’s) to implement knowledge transfer to other universities and development partners.

Salinity problems

Iraq is recovering from the war against IS. Some universities were damaged, some others face a challenge to collaborate with farmers to combat water shortage or salinity problems in agriculture. For security reasons, the training will be held in The Netherlands and project partners will meet in the safe Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Karrar Mahdi, an Iraqi scientist at the Soil Physics and Land Use Planning group in Wageningen, will coordinate the project. The project has received a budget of 1,3 million euros. One-third of that budget will be spent at WUR to give scientific and educational assistance.

(Source: WUR)

By John Lee.

The Minister of Industry and Minerals, Dr. Saleh Abdullah Al-Jubouri, has said Iraq is determined to achieve self-sufficiency in “various dairy products“.

He made the comments during a visit to the Abu Ghraib Dairy Factory, which is operated by the Ministry’s General Company for Food Products.

The plant has recently been expanded, with the addition of new production lines.

(Source: Ministry of Industry and Minerals)

By John Lee.

The Minister of Industry and Minerals, Dr. Saleh Abdullah Al-Jubouri, has said Iraq is determined to achieve self-sufficiency in “various dairy products“.

He made the comments during a visit to the Abu Ghraib Dairy Factory, which is operated by the Ministry’s General Company for Food Products.

The plant has recently been expanded, with the addition of new production lines.

(Source: Ministry of Industry and Minerals)