Cleaning the main Al Jazeera irrigation canal to resupply water for agricultural production.<br/>Photo: ©FAO/Cengiz Yar
Cleaning the main Al Jazeera irrigation canal to resupply water for agricultural production.
Photo: ©FAO/Cengiz Yar

18.01.2017

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A new FAO project, funded by UNDP, brings jobs and food to vulnerable Iraqis. Key irrigation channels near Mosul are getting restored to enable farmers to grow crops and vegetables.

Some 200 000 people from Mosul and across Iraq will be able to earn an income for the first time since the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL) took parts of the area in 2014, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported in December 2016. FAO is running a project near Mosul that is restoring irrigation to 250 000 hectares of farmland. 

Water will soon be flowing again through the canals that used to feed the once-fertile land some 30 km west of Mosul - Iraq's third largest city. Through the cash-for-work component of the pro-ject, FAO supports vulnerable families who need money for daily needs, including food and clothes, heating and transport. Many of them have not had paid employment for at least two years.

Participants are clearing the main canal of the northern Al Jazeera irrigation scheme of dirt, stones and debris, which will allow it to again feed small canals throughout the farming landscape.

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