FAO launches Peer


Beneath the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture, Engineer, Muhammad Karim Al-Khafaji, the Meals and Agriculture Group of the United Nations (FAO) launched an revolutionary Peer-to-Peer teaching Program for Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Extension Officers on Monday, October 2021 in Erbil. This method had been designed for 12 MOA staff from the southern governorates of Maysan, Dhi Qar and Basra and was supported by 30 extension officers And feminine dairy producers from Ninewa Governorate.

The opening ceremony was attfinished by Dr. Hadi Hashem Hussein – consultant of the Agriculture Minister and FAO-MOA Coordinator; D. Rabie Youssef Elias – Director of Ninewa Directorate of Agriculture; and Dr. Salah Al-Hajj Hassan, FAO Representative in Iraq, and completely different staff from the EU-funded enterprise “Assist to agricultural livelihoods of rural and peri-metropolis returnees and communities in Ninewa Governorate, Iraq.”

Dr. Hadi Hashem Hussein said that the enterprise carried out in Ninewa furtherly achieved its distinctive outcomes by introducing further revolutionary utilized sciences with forage crops and complementary feeding. Producing extra milk merchandise –and Of greater extreme quality (collectively with greater hygiene practices) have led to elevated incomes. Dr Hadi careworn that the Ministry of Agriculture provides good significance to this enterprise and encourages the change of its strategies and new practices to be sahred and rolled out to completely different Iraqi governorates as properly.

Dr. Rabea Yousef Elias said he was very Proud of the performance constructing his extension staff of the Ninewa Agriculture Directorate had been uncovered to, and he furtherly appreciated the important position performed by his staff in numerous implementation steps of the enterprise supporting the beneficiary farmers Inside The sector. In complete, Higher than 30 extension officers had been In a place to develop their expertise and capabilities by way of FAO teaching in revolutionary utilized sciences, particularly associated to livestock (early weaning practices) and inexpertised fodder manufacturing.

Dr. Salah Al-Hajj Hassan, FAO Representative in Iraq, thanked the Ministry of Agriculture with all its staff, for the strong support of all FAO tasks carried out in cooperation with the Ministry and for the strategy adopted to contain extension staff Inside the implementation of tasks. He said that the containment ensures the sustainability of interventions by way of strengthening of the farmer support providers. Dr Salah further said that these properly-educated extension staff can now furtherly contribute to performance enchancment of their colleagues in completely different governorates. This workshop is A primary alternative To practice colleagues from southern governorates To Wind up to be district-diploma lead practiceers or Coach-of-Coachs and Farmer Area School facilitators (FFS). He was grateful that the extension group in Ninewa was supportive of the change Of expertise between friends.

Dr. Salah Hajj Hassan furtherly introduced that A primary alternative has arisen with new funding acquired from the EU for the enterprise: “Restoration and Strengthening the Resilience of Agri-Meals Methods in Southern Iraq”, carried out by FAO in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Water Assets And native authorities Inside the Governorates of Maysan, Dhi Qar and Basra.

This emphasis on performance enchancment of technical and extension staff by way of peer-to-peer teaching matches the broader agfinisha of the GoI and the associated United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Iraq. Dr Kayouli Chedly – FAO Senior Worldwide Livestock Professional, was main and supervising the teaching practice, with support from the respective Directors of the Ninewa Agriculture Directorate and southern governorates.

The FAO expert careworn that The primary output is to have educated 12 MOA extension staff from the goal districts and sub-districts in Southern Governorates in Ninewa Governorate by way of peer-to-peer teaching To help FAO to implement enterprise actions in livestock, fodder and feeding. On The prime of the teaching, the extension staff Shall be thought-about absolutely educated as district-based mostly main practiceers (TOT) and FFSs facilitators.

On the sidelines of the meeting, dairy merchandise made by enterprise beneficiaries Contained in the Ninewa enterprise have been launched and consumed with good appreciation. New markets are sought in places like Erbil to market The mannequin new dairy merchandise Similar to cheese, qaymar, and cream. And by the response from visitors to the venue this Shall Obtain success.