U.S. Agency for International Development

Increasing Horticulture Sector Competitiveness

Training manager presents training certificate to Al-Taji packing shed owner
Training manager presents training certificate to Al-Taji packing shed owner
USAID-Inma Packing House Program
USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
Mr. Ludwig Schatz, USAID-Inma training manager, presents training certificates of completion to Sheik Sadah, owner of Al-Taji packing shed, as well as other packing shed employees. As part the USAID-Inma Packing House Program, it aims to strengthen links between packing houses and farmers. Transitioning packers into consolidators will increase efficiency in the industry and facilitate higher returns at the farm gate.
Employee at the Taji Packing House puts green peppers in a crate for shipping
Employee at the Taji Packing House puts green peppers in a crate for shipping
Taji Packing House
USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
An employee at the Taji Packing House puts green peppers in a crate ready to be shipped. The Taji Packing House, completed winter 2009, is now packing nearly 47,655 tons of produce per month for sale to wholesale markets in Baghdad. The packing process includes, grading, sorting and packaging produce like green peppers, eggplants, okra, cucumbers, onions and apricots.
Iraqi women growers study tomato plants growing in greenhouse
Iraqi women growers study tomato plants growing in greenhouse
Greenhouse Farmer Field School in Najaf
Hana Salih, USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
Women growers attend a Greenhouse Farmer Field School in Najaf province. The Farmer Field School concept combines methods from agro-ecology, community/rural development and experiential education.
workers paint the stem of a small tree to determine the average growth that will take place in the future
workers paint the stem of a small tree to determine the average growth that will take place in the future
Orchards and Nurseries
USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
At Rashidyah Field, workers paint the stem of a small tree to determine the average growth that will take place in the future. USAID-Inma is working with existing orchard nurseries to propagate and disseminate improved varieties of plum, nectarine and apricot and peaches. In addition, the project will assist in the establishment of a greenhouse transplant nursery.
Musroom specialist and farm manager study large quantities of commerically grown mushrooms.
Musroom specialist and farm manager study large quantities of commerically grown mushrooms.
Hamidiyah Mushroom Farm
Fadhil Mishaan, USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
Mickey Folly, USAID-Inma mushroom specialist, reviews production practices, consults with the farm manager and makes recommendations to improve production in the Hamediyah Mushroom Farm in Anbar province. In 2008, USAID-Inma provided a cost share grant to rehabilitate the Hameediyah mushroom farm. The farm, the only white button mushroom producer in Iraq, resumed production in June after being closed for four years. The farm produced 121 tons of mushrooms in the first six months of operation with an average wholesale value of $4.30 per kg and created 35 new jobs.
Corn stalks tower above the raised arms of an Iraqi farmer
Corn stalks tower above the raised arms of an Iraqi farmer
Introducing Non-GMO hybrid corn varieties
USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
USAID-Inma in cooperation with the Iraq Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)-owned Mesopotamia Seed Company and Pioneer Company introduced modern non-GMO hybrid corn varieties to Iraq.
Olive oil producer applies labels to bottles of olive oil
Olive oil producer applies labels to bottles of olive oil
Assistance to olive oil producer associations
USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
USAID-Inma provided funding to the Al-Zaytoon Olive Association, an olive oil producer in Ninawa Pronvince. The funding, which totaled $700,000, helped fund new equipment, technical assistance and other development needs. As a result of the success with the Al-Zaytoon association, the olive oil demonstration project has been replicated in Kurdistan, Salah al Din and the Tallafar district of Ninawa province by Provincial Reconstruction Teams.
A long row of fruit-laden strawberry plants is inspected by a farmer seen in the distance
A long row of fruit-laden strawberry plants is inspected by a farmer seen in the distance
Strawberry Demonstration Project
USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program
Business is flourishing for Iraq’s strawberry farmers thanks to higher-yield varieties and new growing techniques introduced by USAID-Inma with the permission of the Iraq's Ministry of Agriculture. Since the program’s inception in 2009, farmers have expanded their strawberry operations and have substantially increased their income. Approximately 30 other growers have adopted USAID-Inma's model this year, and they are all planting new strawberry crops on their farms without direct USAID assistance.