Iraq Program Updates

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Last updated: June 22, 2021

September 21, 2021

Despite the odds, Zahraa*, 49, is an entrepreneur who has always found a way to succeed. What started as a small business selling dishes like kubba (rice and meat dumplings) out of her kitchen in Baghdad in the 90’s gradually transformed into a thriving business with its own factory, offering a wide range of new prepared dishes for her customers. In 2007, while at the height of her career, Zahraa was forced to leave her home in Baghdad for security concerns. She decided to relocate to Erbil and restart her business in a new city. “During the invasion, my factory was looted. I didn’t have anything left in Baghdad, so I came to Kurdistan because it was safer for me,” she said. 

WE4F Iraq Track Call for Innovations
September 9, 2021

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to announce the launch of the WE4F Iraqi Call for Innovations, to foster innovation and enhance food security in Iraq. The $1.5 million program, implemented by the WE4F Middle East and North Africa Regional Innovation Hub (MENA RIH), will support Iraq-based companies working on providing more sustainable water or energy solutions for agriculture. The selected companies will receive customized support in the form of grants, technical assistance, and investment facilitation to grow their businesses, combat resource scarcity, and foster the transition to a green economy.

June 29, 2021

Nadia, 27, lived her whole life in Bashiqa, where she took pride in the cultural diversity of her town. “Our town is like a miniature of all Iraq,” said Nadia. In 2014, ISIS attacked towns and villages in northern Iraq, forcing families to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. “I woke up to a phone call from a friend of mine telling me to leave Bashiqa right away because ISIS forces were marching towards it,” Nadia said. “It was a difficult decision to make, as I had a sick brother, so we couldn’t leave together.” 

June 28, 2021

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Antiquities Coalition a $1 million grant for a new project, “Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Minority Communities of Iraq.” This two-year project is a partnership among USAID, the Antiquities Coalition, and three Iraq-based organizations: the Centre Numérique des Manuscrits Orientaux (CNMO), the Syriac Heritage Museum, and Yazda, that represent minority Christian and Yazidi communities.  

June 23, 2021

Maamon Majeed, 46, grew up in a small village called Blan near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Maamon was always looking to create something bigger than himself to help his community, keeping an open mind to new opportunities as they came. He began his career in construction, working with American companies and even with the U.S. Army. When his project with the U.S. Army was wrapping up, he learned that USAID was starting an agriculture program and they were looking for worthy projects to support. Maamon instantly thought of the poor quality of meat available in Iraq