Marwa Ahmed’s normal life ended in 2006 when her father was killed and her family fled to Syria in the midst of the violence that then gripped Iraq. Eventually, she and her three siblings returned to Baghdad.
“I was proud of being Iraqi and just wanted to live peacefully in my own country,” she remembers.
The herders of south-central Iraq have traditionally let their sheep graze on the land. But grass and reeds are scarce and the animals are often small when taken to market. Ahmad Alsaabari, an engineer by training, had read about the success of Western foodlots and recognized the opportunity when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proposed founding of a demonstration facility in Babil Province, where lambs are considered among the best in Iraq.
Until recently, citizen participation in government decision-making was a rarity in Iraq. But thanks to a USAID project known as the Local Governance Program – Phase III (LGP III) – provincial leaders have started to recogni
Ali Hussain Heremish knew the Iraqi buzz about honey. There was a huge demand for local honey and Iraqis paid a premium for imported honey.
Last updated: October 25, 2013