Launch of sustainable development strategies to transform Iraq’s tomato sector

Iraq’s Minister of Agriculture, H. E. Mohammed Kareem Al Khafaji, has officially launched the country’s Poultry and Tomato Sustainable Development Strategies (2022-2026). Consumer demand for Iraqi poultry and tomato products is on the rise, particularly in the domestic market. Together, these value chains hold a projected import demand of over $1.7 billion combined by 2025. Furthermore, both sectors exert significant potential for value chain development, value addition, and commercialization.

Enhancing Iraq’s competitiveness in these value chains contributes to national development goals of food security, inclusive growth, and job creation, particularly for women and youth. According to the International Trade Centre (ITC), reforms in the agribusiness sector could lead to more than 170,000 additional jobs in a moderate growth scenario by 2030.


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