FAO launches $3.1M project for sustainable agriculture

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AMMAN — The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program (WFP), has launched a project aimed at enhancing resilient livelihoods and food security for host communities and Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon through sustainable agricultural development, Al-Ghad reported. اضافة اعلان

The project, costing $3.1 million in Jordan, will provide grants to smallholder farmers and/or farmer groups, supporting 1,150 vulnerable families financially and technically. It aims to create 1,500 new jobs for both host communities and Syrian displaced persons, addressing the decreased living standards and food security resulting from the Syrian crisis in Jordan, impacting Syrian refugees and host communities, by supporting the agricultural sector.

Furthermore, the project focuses on improving agricultural production and farmers' income, and enhancing social protection mechanisms for the host agricultural community. It also aims to establish adequate systems to support agricultural production for vulnerable smallholders, promoting good agricultural practices and timely response to shocks, while rehabilitating the capacity of agricultural extension systems to meet the increasing demand for support due to the impact of the Syrian crisis.

As per the WFP's hunger map, 1.3 million people in Jordan do not have sufficient food consumption, and 2 million people use food-based coping strategies to overcome financial difficulties. The regional response plan for supporting Syrian refugees for the coming year indicates that 2.7 million Jordanians in host communities need support, along with 730,000 Syrian refugees requiring similar assistance.

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