935,000 tonnes of food are wasted annually in Jordan — FAO representative

Garbage is seen strewn on the ground next to overflowing waste containers in an Amman neighborhood in this undated photo. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — Representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Jordan, Nabil Assaf, has shed light on the issue of food loss and waste in the country, emphasizing that approximately 14 percent of the food produced in Jordan goes to waste after harvest and before reaching the retail stage. اضافة اعلان

He added that approximately 935,000 tonnes of food are wasted annually in Jordan, Al-Rai daily reported.

The agricultural production loss rate can reach 41 percent in some products like tomatoes and 34 percent in grain products such as wheat, he said.

This revelation came to light during the Fifth Karak Agricultural Conference, held under the patronage of the Minister of Agriculture.

Food security as a priorityDuring the event, Assaf underscored the significance of food security, stating that it is receiving the attention of His Majesty King Abdullah and has become a top priority in terms of government policies and measures.

Jordan, he said, has launched national strategies and plans, including the National Food Security Strategy (2021–2030) and the Sustainable Agricultural Plan (2022–2025), aimed at addressing issues related to agriculture, food security, and climate change.

These initiatives seek to improve the livelihoods of farmers, enhance agricultural productivity, and optimize water irrigation efficiency.

Sustainable food securityAssaf highlighted the vital role of the food sector in supporting the livelihoods of approximately a quarter of Jordan's population.

Given Jordan's medium income level and a total population of over 11 million, with 9 percent residing in rural areas and around 12 percent being Syrian refugees, ensuring the sustainability of food security is of utmost importance.

With 1.3 million Syrian refugees hosted by Jordan, placing additional strain on local resources and services, there is an urgent need for comprehensive support.

Karak governorate benefits from FAO's agricultural support
In relation to the Karak Governorate, Assaf revealed that the FAO provided significant assistance to local farmers, with a focus on supporting women in the past year.

The organization extended financial support of $4,000 to establish new agricultural projects or enhance existing ones, aiming to boost production, income, achieve food security, and generate job opportunities.

Supported initiatives encompassed both tree and vegetable farming, utilizing both protected greenhouse environments and open fields.

Furthermore, FAO encouraged climate-smart projects such as water harvesting, rainwater collection, non-traditional fodder cultivation, as well as livestock production and aquaculture projects.

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