Thursday, May 5th
by Editor, Soiled and Seeded

The Iraqi Seed Project


Filmmaker Emma Piper-Burket and her team are embarking on a fascinating assignment documenting the origins of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent.

Through five short films and an educational online platform, The Iraqi Seed Project looks at the agricultural heritage of Iraqi and Kurdish farmers.

From their website: "Until the First Gulf War, agriculture employed 30% of Iraq’s population; today the country cannot feed itself and imports the majority of its food supply. The region’s agricultural history spans thousands of years, but after years of war and sanctions, what is left of this legacy for modern day farmers? As foreign aid and ideologies flood the country amidst the reconstruction, it is important to take a moment and listen to the voice of local farmers; what can we learn from them and their history?
With an aging population, dwindling numbers, and difficulties competing in a global economy, small-scale farmers across the world are experiencing similar hardships. The Iraqi Seed Project starts where agriculture began, but speaks to far reaching issues affecting farmers and farmland worldwide."

Emma will be returning to Iraq this spring for further filming, followed by a summer of post-production work. You can learn more about the project and the ways you can help through their website.

ISP: Short Trailer from emma piper-burket on Vimeo.



Source: The Iraqi Seed Project


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