WFP works with Iraqi universities to improve resilience as part of the Zero Hunger Effort – Iraq


BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) works with Iraqi academic institutions such as Basra University, Mosul University and Sulaymaniyah University in activities aimed at reducing the risk of food insecurity in vulnerable communities by building resilience and climate Change customization. The cooperation is part of the efforts to advance the Strategic Development Goal (SDG) 2 “Zero Hunger”.

The WFP signed a MoU with the College of Agriculture – University of Basra that focuses on creating opportunities for new graduates through capacity building and training for youth with the aim of improving people’s food security. The WFP and the University of Basra have jointly launched a business incubator project to encourage young people to embark on a path into entrepreneurship.

“The business incubator project launched by the University of Basra in cooperation with the WFP is an important first step towards harnessing youth energy,” said the Dean of the University of Basra, Dr. Sajid al-Noor. “The years of lack of job opportunities for college graduates is a real waste of their potential and this graduate project funding and job creation project is one of our innovative solutions.”

In parallel, the WFP signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Mosul to focus resilience-building efforts on the most vulnerable groups, including those affected by climate change, and to tailor efforts to meet the evolving needs of people who are after Years of displacement have returned to their homeland. Mosul University also supports the WFP by facilitating and facilitating discussions with academic institutions around the world and by highlighting the needs of Iraqis in and around Mosul at a global level.

“We are bringing the power of Iraqi science to our programs to improve and streamline our aid to families in need,” said Ally-Raza Qureshi, WFP’s Iraqi representative. “Iraq has traditionally been an academically rich country and we hope that our partnerships with universities through job opportunities will deliver results that best meet the needs of vulnerable communities, help address climate change and pave the way for more active collaboration with academics Institutions level institutions. “

In the Kurdistan region, WFP continues to work closely with the University of Sulaymaniyah on the “Empowerment in Action” (EMPACT) project: digital skills and English training for young people. Since 2017, WFP has supported tens of thousands of young people at risk and their families by developing skills, building young people’s self-confidence and giving them access to online job opportunities. Sulaymaniyah is one of several locations where WFP and partners are running the EMPACT initiative, including Anbar, Baghdad, Duhok, Erbil and Mosul.

The WFP intends to continue this productive collaboration with the academic sector, leveraging the existing capacities of the institutions in Iraq to improve and work together to achieve food security in the country and ultimately zero hunger.


The United Nations World Food Program is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization that saves lives in emergency situations and uses food aid to pave the way to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflicts, disasters and the effects of climate change. Follow us on Twitter @WFP_Iraq @wfp_mena @wfpgovts

For more information, please contact (email address: [email protected]):
Sharon Rapose, WFP Erbil, +964 780 915 0962, [email protected]
Saif al-Tatooz, WFP Baghdad, +964 780 915 6198, [email protected]


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