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Modernization and Development of the Dairy Cattle Sector in Iraq


Titre : Modernization and Development of the Dairy Cattle Sector in Iraq

Pays /Région : Irak

Code projet : ITF A5-24 FOOD/FAO Modernizat

Durée : 50 Months Start Date : 15 October, 2008

The project aimed at continuing support to the development and adoption of embryo transfer technologies, establishment of regional antennas to the central artificial insemination facilities and setting-up efficient systems of milk collection as well as semen distribution to small-medium size dairy farmers. Milk collection services were organized around regional dairy producers groups with linkages to milk processing facilities. Performance recording schemes linked to the milk collection and delivery process will be initiated with participating farmers. The project used a strong participatory approach, involving MoA, farmers, NGOs, civil society representatives and other stakeholders at the local level, and made building of their institutional capacity a priority. It was implemented with full participation and significant resource inputs from the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture and allied institutions. FAO provided technical assistance, expertise and management services to the project. The project directly supported and linked up to the ICI priority to develop a stable, competitive an sustainable agriculture to enhance food security and rural incomes, generate rural employment, diversify economic growth and protect the natural environment, by : *Strengthening critical public support organization through capacity building for agricultural planning, monitoring, oversight, research, extension, disease control, and quality standard. • * Developing capacity of small agricultural producer groups, small agricultural marketing intermediaries, small processors and value adding chains. The program directly supported and contributed to increase production and improve productivity in the agricultural and livestock sectors to achieve self sufficiency in the major food commodities and secure food security for the Iraqi population
The project focused on the following main interventions to address these constraints : • Development and adoption of embryo transfer technologies, along with generalization of artificial insemination techniques for accelerated breeding and genetic improvement of the dairy herds ; • Strengthening extension services to achieve an increased milk production and productivity ; • Organizing the production base through the formation of producers groups and associations ; • Setting-up efficient milk collection and marketing systems.

Agences Nations Unies : Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Implementing Partners : Iraq Ministry of Agriculture

Budget : Start Date : 15 October, 2008

United Nations Development Group

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