>> This is what's left of Sami farm. Nineveh was Iraq's most productive farming region, before the arrival of Islamic State. Producing around 20% of the country's total wheat output, and 32% of barley. The militants may have been pushed out of this northern corner, but the devastation they've left behind will remain for years.
Seizing the country's agricultural heartland has ruined farmers and exacerbated the country's food security problem. Sami used to sell around 100 tons of wheat per year. Now he lives in a small trailer, and drives a taxi to barely survive.>>
> How am I going to be able to rebuild this again?
Our hope is the international organization's help us, but as far as the government, no. We don't have hope. If they want to compensate me, they'll need to compensate a lot of people, all the way from to.>> The militants also seized 1.1 million tons of wheat that was in government silos and sold 40% of agricultural machinery to raise money for their activities.
Unexploded mines lie in the fields. Ensuring food security has consistently been one of the central government's biggest and most pressing challenges. But farmers say the government is not offering much hope to rebuild their businesses, with most resources directed at driving the militants out of Mosul.