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The United Nations estimates that approximately 4.4 million people across Iraq require food assistance.In the longer term, inflexible policies and government illiquidity are leading to decreased domestic food production and higher import dependency.In June 2014, with ISIS incursion into Salahuddin, Ninevah, Kirkuk and Anbar – the breadbasket governorates comprising Iraq's cereal belt – the country lost the majority of its annual wheat and barley harvests from these areas, which combined contributed over one-third of Iraq's cereal production. Policy is another cause of Iraq's food insecurity.Amid low global oil prices, and with a growing part of the oil income being channeled toward war efforts and debt payments, Iraq will face difficulties in procuring the necessary amount of food for its people.Meanwhile, aggravating the government's fiscal position, smugglers from Turkey and Iran are selling these countries' wheat production to the Iraqi government as Iraqi grain – in order to benefit from Iraq's subsidized price of about $600 per ton, which is around double the global market rate. The protracted crisis in Iraq, coupled with the inflexible policies of the government and its fiscal challenges, are pushing the country and its population toward food insecurity.
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