NATIONAL CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE SPECIALIST
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The agricultural practices in Iraq in general are considered traditional practices. Conservation Agriculture for example, is a farming system that promotes maintenance of a permanent soil cover, minimum soil disturbance (i.e. no tillage), and diversification of plant species. It enhances biodiversity and natural biological processes above and below the ground surface, which contribute to increased water and nutrient use efficiency and to improved and sustained crop production. It is based on three fundamental principles of minimal soil disturbance through Zero Tillage (ZT), permanent organic soil cover and diversified crop rotations. Conservation agriculture in Iraq is new and limited to a few demonstration sites focusing on zero-tillage implementation and a few projects implemented by international development partners at the specific locations. At the same time, FAO broadly defines agroecology as “applying ecological concepts and principles to optimize interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while taking into consideration the social aspects that need to be addressed for a sustainable and fair food system. Agroecology is the basis for evolving food systems that are equally strong in environmental, economic, social and agronomic dimensions.”
For this, the Government of Iraq with support from FAO has secured funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) for a GEF6 project on Sustainable Land Management for Improved Livelihoods in Degraded Areas of Iraq.
Under the direct supervision of the FAO Representative being the Budget Holder (BH) of the project entitled “Sustainable Land Management for Improved Livelihoods in Degraded Areas of Iraq” and the technical guidance of FAO HQ, the CA specialist will undertake the implementation of the project components pertaining to the CA in the three governorates of southern Iraq.
He/she will work in close collaboration with the FAO Country Office, the PM and the staff of the project, in particular, the CA specialist, and be responsible for the overall technical supervision and coordination of all project activities related to the CA element.
The project aims to reverse land degradation processes, conserve and sustainably manage land and water resources in degraded marshland ecosystems in Southern Iraq for greater access to services from resilient ecosystems and improved livelihoods. The project has four expected results, which will be achieved through implementation of 12 project outputs. The incumbent will lead in particular the work that contributes to the achievement of project outcome 3 - Measures to restore and sustainably manage marshland ecosystems and he/she will contribute as well to the other three outcomes.
Tasks and responsibilities
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