Minister of Agriculture and FAO Representative in Iraq meet Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda: achievements of FAO interventions and its impact on socio-economic levels in the liberated areas of Nineveh [EN/AR] – Iraq


Erbil, August 28, 2022 – His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture, Engineer Muhammad Karim Al-Khafaji, and the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Iraq, the Dr Salah El-hajj Hassan, Director of Agriculture of Nineveh, Dr Rabie Youssef and FAO Senior Livestock Expert Dr Chedly Kayouli visited His Eminence Bashar Matti Warda, Archbishop of Chaldean Catholic Church in Erbil, following up on the field visit to partners under the EU-funded project: “support to agricultural livelihoods of rural and peri-urban returnees and communities in Ninewa Governorate”and implemented by FAO in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture.

The discussion focused on FAO’s activities in Nineveh and ways to help returnees who have been supported by the project to improve the marketing of their dairy products and opportunities to facilitate transportation of their improved processed dairy products to Erbil. with distribution to hotels and restaurants. in Ankawa, the strong demand for these traditional and special quality local products.

HE the Minister highlighted the importance and success of the project’s interventions, which helped displaced families who were affected by the ISIL conflict to return home, and commended the expertise and support provided by the project team. project, which has helped increase the efficiency and quality of products, which have become world-class standards highlighting the importance of helping families sell their products in Erbil. The Minister added that he strongly supports agricultural interventions in these liberated areas to support rural women.

His Eminence Bashar Matti Warda commended the efforts of His Excellency the Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture, and the remarkable achievements that have resulted from the project interventions. He pointed out that what FAO has achieved in these liberated areas by creating job opportunities and increasing income has helped displaced and returnee families to settle in their areas of origin. The Archbishop indicated his full support for these women’s groups to access new markets in Erbil or even for export abroad where there are a large number of Iraqi immigrants.

Finally, the FAO Representative in Iraq, Dr. Salah El-hajj Hassan thanked and appreciated the efforts of the Archbishop to support the families involved in the project and indicated that these results would not have been possible without the support of His Excellency the Minister, the work of the ministry team and the financing of the European Union. He stressed that FAO’s efforts in Iraq will continue to support farmers and women’s groups. He added that there are other interventions regarding the crops component, especially the cultivation, harvesting and processing of olives. He concluded with FAO’s commitment to make every effort to support Iraqi farmers.


Salah ElHajjHassan, FAO Representative in Iraq | [email protected]|

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