Iraq's farmers pushed off land as drought and heat cripple crops

Author

Tessa Fox

Source(s)
Thomson Reuters

  • Crop failures grow as warming brings more heat and drought
  • Farmers look to migrate - but urban opportunities are limited
  • Resilient wheat seed offers help but distribution is limited

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Iraq is the fifth most vulnerable country in the world to extreme temperatures and water shortages, according to the U.N. Environment Programme.

The Basra region - already stifling in the summer, with a top recorded temperature of 53.8 degrees Celsius (129 degrees Fahrenheit) - is among the worst-affected areas.

As harsher drought and heat hit food production and the incomes of people dependent on agriculture, about one in 15 Iraqi households in late 2021 saw at least one family member migrate to seek new economic opportunities, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), which researches the issue.

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