The Iraq Pilot Farm Project is the first of its kind – a regenerative farm in Iraq. Iraq is already feeling the first hand effects of climate change. According to the United Nations, Iraq is one of five countries in the world worst affected by climate change, 92% of its land is at risk of desertification and temperatures are rising seven times faster than the global average.
Enduring Harvest was established in 2020 to provide food security, education and economic opportunities for at-risk communities and mitigate the devastating effects of climate change across the globe. Our first project, The Iraq Pilot Farm Project, is designed to deliver all of our core goals in Iraq.
About the Iraq Pilot Farm Project
The Iraq Pilot Farm is located in the southern Province of Al-Muthanna near the city of Samawah, Iraq which was chosen due to its remote, peaceful location and the positive impact the farm would have on the environment and the people. In 2021, Enduring Harvest purchased a 20-acre plot of land with the goal of transforming compact, lifeless soil into a thriving regenerative agricultural hub. The land has been seriously degraded in the area due to centuries of overgrazing and destructive farming practices. Many of the local community members in this region are widows or orphans living in extreme poverty due to the generations of war and lack of opportunities. This project focuses on helping those individuals by implementing educational programs, teaching regenerative farming methods and income-generating skills.
After the 20-acre plot of land was purchased, we went straight to work. Local Agricultural Engineers and Farm Managers have been hired, the soil has been prepared to sustain life, and local families were hired to develop compost to soften the soil. A variety of crops have been planted and small animals have been introduced to the farm. The most efficient irrigation system to date, Responsive Drip Irrigation, has been installed to ensure no water goes to waste. Additionally, solar batteries, state-of-the-art farming equipment, excess water storage and shelter for livestock have already been established on the farm.
The Future of the Iraq Pilot Farm Project
In the next decade, we plan to vastly improve the natural conditions of this region for the local communities and assist them with the agricultural and income producing skills they need to counteract the effects of climate change, starting with our 20-acre regenerative farm. This farm will act as a blueprint for what we are hoping to replicate with other regenerative projects in other at-risk nations.
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