Climate change ‘will put pressure’ on food security in Jordan — World Bank

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AMMAN — Jordan is facing “severe climate changes” that negatively affect agricultural production and will put its water resources under more pressure, and it’s expected to intensify in the upcoming years, according to a new World Bank report, Carried by Al-Mamlaka TV on Sunday.اضافة اعلان

The report issued under the title “Smart Agriculture Action Plan in Jordan –opportunities to invest in the agricultural sector’s transition to a resilient climate growth path”, said that climate change will put great pressure on food security and livelihoods of the poor in Jordan.

The World Bank said in the report that it had provided assistance to the Jordanian government to prepare a “climate smart agriculture action plan” to help address the phenomenon of climate change, in cooperation with the Alliance of International Biodiversity and CIAT, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.

The report explained that smart agriculture increases productivity in an environmentally and a socially sustainable manner, and enhances farmers’ adaptation to climate change, and follows the Jordanian action plan to identify smart agricultural investments, while building on the initiatives and work of governmental authorities and local institutions.

The report pointed out that only 8 percent of the land in Jordan receives a rainfall rate of more than 200mm annually.

It added that olive trees in the country will remain stable in light of climate change, as well as for tomatoes and palm trees, while many crops will witness deterioration, such as potatoes, or will become marginal, such as barley and wheat.

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