Heavy rainfall has affected Iraq and the wider region over the past weeks. However, rivers, lakes, and dams – long on the verge of drying up – are now swelling with water and giving opportunities to avert the dangers of drought.
Farmers in Egypt were appalled by the government’s decision to start importing rice and limiting the areas allocated for rice cultivation as part of its strategy to contain the water crisis. Despite the Government's claim that this will break the rice market monopoly, farmers say they are the ones most affected.
Iraqi researcher: The irrigation systems in Iraq are outdated and damaged and need to be fixed for the country's agriculture industry to flourish. Many marshlands and cultivable lands have already been lost due to poor irrigation.
Recently Iraq's rivers have seen a drop in water levels due to climate change and human actions. Additionally actions of regional actors such as Turkey's GAP project have put Iraq in a serious shortage and borderline water crisis. As a result, Iraq must develop a new strategy to deal with this issue.
The Raqqa Civilian Council has continued its efforts to restore Raqqa's water supply. The reinstatement of irrigation canals to the the city's surrounding countryside has revitalised agricultural land.