Italy, IUCN launch project to empower local communities and agriculture

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AMMAN — The Italian government, represented by HE the Ambassador of Italy Luciano Pezzotti, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), represented by the Regional Director of the IUCN – ROWA Dr Hany El Shaer, signed a partnership Agreement today marking the launch of the Italy-funded “Agricultural Management to Enable Resilience (AMER)” initiative in Jordan.اضافة اعلان

The two-year project, with a total budget of 1.5 million euros, seeks to enhance sustainable economic mechanisms in the agricultural sector and food security, as a foundation for empowering host Jordanian communities and Syrian refugees in the southern areas of the Country.

The initiative will be implemented in the governorates of Madaba and Karak, benefiting about 2,700 citizens and Syrian refugees, including youth, women, and small farmers.

The initiative also seeks to foster the awareness and capabilities of communities, local authorities, academic institutions, and schools in the targeted governorates in relation to sustainable agricultural practices and food security.

“Despite the progress made on economic development in Jordan, livelihood and food insecurity are particularly pervasive in more remote and rural areas”, said Ambassador Pezzotti. “In contribution to Jordan’s efforts to alleviate poverty and protect vulnerable segments of society, Italy has been providing funds for several initiatives aimed to increase sustainable livelihood, through smallholder agricultural productivity and capacity building. This project is therefore fully aligned with the priorities set forth in the Italian Cooperation strategy, and is also harmonized with Jordan’s endeavors to reduce climate-related vulnerability through improved water management systems, in a Country that experiences severe water scarcity”.

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