There are about a million people still living in Kurdish regions, having fled Islamic State (IS) and other militias in recent years. Food is still in great demand and there are hardly any income earning opportunities. Together with its partner organizations REACH and «Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe», HEKS/EPER is supporting displaced people and local Kurdish smallholder families in improving their food security.
Displaced grain and vegetable farmers possess considerable agricultural know-how, which represents great potential for the region. In developing sustainable agricultural undertakings, the farming expertise of the migrants and the resources of the local people can be combined to great advantage. Livelihoods are being sustainably improved through irrigation projects, product diversification and practice-oriented knowledge transfer. Vegetable cultivation is being stepped up using the most natural possible methods and marketing is being optimized. Together people are building new water reservoirs, repairing existing irrigation canals, they are receiving seeds and seedlings and are creating communal gardens for the growing of seedlings. They are acquiring knowledge about new agricultural production methods and, in addition to vegetable and fruit cultivation, are now also engaging in livestock rearing to produce meat and milk products.
The project targets 450 local Kurdish smallholder families (2,700 people) in 15 village communities in the Sulaymaniah, Halabja and Diyalla districts, as well as displaced persons from Central and Southern Iraq living in project villages and able to support themselves by utilizing their agricultural expertise. Local purchasers, middlemen and providers of agricultural products also benefit from the project, as do employees of local agricultural authorities and labourers.
Since 2014, HEKS/EPER has been providing emergency aid for internally displaced people and the local population in Northern Iraq by distributing food packages, toiletries and heating fuel, through financial support and cash for work, as well as by improving drinking water supply and sanitary conditions. A new aid project to protect refugee children is being planned.
Donating for internally displaced people and local smallholder families in Northern Iraq.
There are about a million people still living in Kurdish regions, having fled Islamic State (IS) and other militias in recent years. Food is still in great demand and there are hardly any income earning opportunities. Help enhance food security for displaced people and local Kurdish smallholder families!
Donate online or using the paying-in slip. Donation account: 80-1115-1, mentioning «Northern Iraq». Many thanks for your contribution.