Kurdish woman. - - FAO Activities under Security Council Resolution 986 in Iraq (Oil for Food Programme). FAO s role in northern Iraq is to rehabilitate and revive the agricultural sector, as well as to supply basic agricultural inputs.
The objectives of the programme are to: address major agricultural production and productivity constraints with special focus on small farmers; improve production and productivity; lower the cost of domestic food production through the distribution of agricultural inputs; undertake measures to ensure the availability of irrigation water; upgrade agricultural practices and reactivate agricultural institutions by involving them in the programme.
Locally generated funds from the sale of certain inputs to farmers, are the responsibility of FAO as well as the disbursement of these funds. The funds cover the cost of rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure, reforestation activities and of orchard seedling nurseries.