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).

Justification
          An overarching and recurring concern of our partners at UM/CAF and UD/CA has been the near complete isolation of their institutions and faculty from global scientific advances and academic progress for nearly two decades.

Expected Impact and Outcome
          Successful implementation of this objective will result in creating a cadre of highly qualified, well trained personnel in key agricultural disciplines holding faculty and leadership appointments at UM/CAF, UD/CA or other institutions. They will be better able to contribute to advancing northern Iraq’s agricultural agenda for economic growth, high and sustainable productivity, enhanced environmental quality, improved food security and safety, and stimulated job opportunities.

Activities
          Several activities (below) have been initiated in efforts to achieve
objective 1.

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