Launch of a Food Security Program for Rural and Isolated Villages

July 24, 2017

In 2017, with the support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Mennonite Central Committee, REACH started a Food Security program. This initative was designed to improve food security and household income in isolated rural villages currently are not recieving any assistance from the government or NGOs and are hosting displaced persons in Sulaimaniya and Erbil governorates. This intervention focused on constructing kitchen gardens and small dams and was implemented by  collaboratively working with both individual households and the communities as a whole. The project also included small-scale implementation of other food security and household income activities in order to meet the variety of needs of the community in a sustainable manner.


This project design balanced the immediate effectiveness of proven activities (kitchen gardens and small dams) with a long-term agricultural development activity through the provision of bee hives and training in an effort to harvest honey. These activities took place across 50 villages and in a total of 500 households (allowing for some overlap of participants in multiple activities).  Many of the villages in the project area are hosting refugee and IDP families, with these displaced families making up 8-10% of the total inhabitants. All activities will continue using REACH’s model of collaborative contributions that solicit participation with and contribution to the project from the individuals, households, and leaders within each community.


Currently REACH implemented the following activities:

  • 70 kitchen gardens for 460 beneficiaries;
  • 2 beekeeping projects + boxes;
  • 4 trainings on beekeeping, drought and compost in Chamchamal and Mawat districts of Sulaimaniya;
  • the small dam in Sangaw is 50% completed.







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