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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        With 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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