More than 1,200 families affected by conflict in Iraq are less likely to go hungry than before, thanks to an Islamic Relief project in Ninewa.

Continued conflict in northern Iraq has had a devastating impact on the ability of many families to meet even their most basic needs. Disruption to agriculture in the governorate of Ninewa has left farmers struggling to produce food to feed their families and to meet the needs of communities.

In partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Islamic Relief helped 1,224 farming families to increase production. We provided tomato, onion and cucumber seeds – all produce that are staple to the local diet – as well as compost to help crops to grow. A range of tools, including sickles, shovels, heavy-duty boots and protective gloves were also given out.

Improved access to food and work

Many families have recently fled their homes in Ramadi,  central Iraq.

Many families have recently fled their homes in Ramadi, central Iraq.

The project, which completed earlier this year, improved access to food and also boosted livelihoods in vulnerable rural communities, many of which are host to displaced people that have fled fighting elsewhere.

As well as increasing work available to agricultural labourers, it has also helped to bring much-needed community assets such as greenhouses back into use.

Islamic Relief is delivering a wide-ranging humanitarian programme in response to the turmoil in Iraq, a country which is experiencing its worst crisis since 2006. More than 2.7 million people are internally displaced, and the country is also host to over 254,000 refugees – mostly from neighbouring Syria.

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