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Iraq Salinity Project

The Iraq Salinity Project is a partnership between the Iraqi Government and a group of international research centers, lead by ICARDA, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.  The research aims to better understand and provide options for reducing the negative effects of salinity on Iraqi agriculture. This two-year study is assessing the current situation of soil and water salinity in central and southern Iraq and will then propose solutions to the key decencies in the system. These include: rehabilitation of irrigation and drainage networks, introduction of new salt-tolerant crops, improving the quality and management of groundwater, and introducing best farming practices to enhance crop production.


Research findings are synthesized in the Iraq Salinity Assessment, a new body of evidence that can be used by donors and international development agencies to implement strategies for long term salinity management.