The goal of the Hawaii-Iraq partnership project is to engage
administration, faculty, students, and stakeholders to establish a center
of excellence in agricultural research, extension, and training at the University of Mosul (UM), and to build human capacity in agricultural sciences at the University of Dohuk (UD). We have identified two specific objectives in pursuit of this goal.
Objective 1: To strengthen academic programs and extension training in agricultural sciences at the UM College of Agriculture and Forestry (UM/CAF) and the UD College of Agriculture (UD/CA).
Objective 2: To
rehabilitate the research infrastructure and agricultural research
programs at both colleges.
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an economy primarily dominated by oil revenues, it is often overlooked
that Iraq remains predominantly an agricultural nation. From a total work
force of approximately 4.5 million, the agricultural sector is by far the
largest component, employing 2 million individuals, or 44% of the total
work force. Furthermore,
approximately 13% of the land is under cultivation, with an additional
37% having arable potential. Unfortunately, agricultural industries, whether
engaged in production, processing, or marketing, have not progressed well
in recent years because of reduced priority and trade sanctions in the
prevailing political setting. It is evident that agricultural revitalization
has high potential for addressing food security issues positively and quickly.
Agricultural revitalization will impact a large number of Iraq’s
citizens, and so it deserves a high priority in the reconstruction effort.
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