Monday, July 13, 2015

Islamic State Squeezes Iraq’s Food Supply - WSJ


.... Food already costs 58% more in Anbar than in Baghdad, according to a separate report last month by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. “In the end, you’re going to have prices going up,” said Forat al-Tamimi, the head of the Agriculture Committee in Iraq’s Parliament. “People will suffer because of this.” Many already are. Some 4.4 million Iraqis now require U.N. assistance and about 30% of the population of 35 million people live below the poverty line. An estimated 2 million are displaced within the country. That number is expected to rise as forces prepare to launch a counteroffensive in Anbar province. ... Islamic State shows no sign of relaxing its hold over the country’s primary farming region. And in a cruel twist for Iraqis, the northern provinces the group occupies enjoyed a bumper harvest this year thanks to a wet winter, while agricultural regions in the country’s south didn’t because of water shortages and their dependence on irrigation. In total, Iraq grew 4 million metric tons of wheat this season compared with 3.5 million last year. Hadi Fathallah, an economist and policy adviser who has studied the Iraqi food market, said he believes Islamic State transported at least some of the wheat from areas under its control to Syria ... Islamic State shows no sign of relaxing its hold over the country’s primary farming region. And in a cruel twist for Iraqis, the northern provinces the group occupies enjoyed a bumper harvest this year thanks to a wet winter, while agricultural regions in the country’s south didn’t because of water shortages and their dependence on irrigation.

Islamic State shows no sign of relaxing its hold over the country’s primary farming region. And in a cruel twist for Iraqis, the northern provinces the group occupies enjoyed a bumper harvest this year thanks to a wet winter, while agricultural regions in the country’s south didn’t because of water shortages and their dependence on irrigation.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/islamic-state-squeezes-iraqs-food-supply-1436737696
-bth: this article fails to mention much.  For example last  year ISIL seized the government grain silos when they were full so farmers didn't get paid.  Second, ISIL has cut water flow to the southern sections of Iraq in order to induce a food and water problem.  This was a tactic that went back all the way to Saddam.  Then there is terrorism of minority farmers by ISIS so many fields are not under production by their rightful owners and trucking has become a major problem.


 

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