The USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program was implemented in May 2007 to support the development of agribusinesses and agricultural markets, improving farmer livelihoods and stimulating the second largest industry in Iraq. Inma is the Arabic word for growth. The program is designed to enhance peace and stability by increasing the competitiveness and capacity of the Iraqi public and private sector through sustainable agribusiness development.
The USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program approaches Iraqi agriculture through value chain analysis to address constraints to sustainability. USAID-Inma works with producers in commercial development of food production.
USAID-Inma supports two critical agriculture value chains in Iraq: Livestock-Protein and Horticulture. Through technical assistance with crosscutting business development services and support, the program goal is to increase productivity, lower production and marketing costs, increase the sustainability of agricultural enterprises, and generate rural employment and income.
The USAID-Inma program seeks to assist Iraqi enterprises in each value chain to attain a critical mass of producers and businesses to demonstrate sustainable businesses. USAID-Inma activities include field training days, farmer field schools, demonstrations, seminars, roundtables, forums and institutional support to catalyze the adoption of improved production, post-harvest, and marketing practices.
Livestock-Protein Value Chain Development
- These activities establish the structure for a vital network of livestock and protein related enterprises to integrate various sectors.
- Specific USAID-Inma activities include revitalizing the aquaculture sector and addressing critical gaps in the red meat supply chain while addressing feed and nutritional requirements of livestock, aquaculture and poultry.
Horticulture Value Chain Development
- These activities increase productivity, lower production and marketing costs, increase the sustainability of agricultural enterprises, generate rural employment and increase sales.
- Specific USAID-Inma activities include field trials, demonstrations, and institutional support to catalyze the adoption of improved production, postharvest, and marketing practices.
Business Development and Cross-Cutting Services
- These activities support the horticulture and livestock-protein teams with business development, management services and economic and policy analysis.
- Specific USAID-Inma activities include business management training, conferences, workshops and industry roundtables, association development, policy dialogue with the Ministry of Agriculture, and microfinance.