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Norway, FAO to enhance food security, jobs in Jordan

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AMMAN — Norwegian Ambassador Espen Lindbeck and the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Jordan, Nabil Assaf, signed a $1.5 million agreement to enhance food security and job opportunities in Jordan, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

Funded by Norway, the “Transition to more efficient, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable agro-food systems” project targets Jordanians and Syrian refugees by enhancing their capabilities to participate in a sustainable and effective agricultural food system, building their capacities to create job opportunities, and strengthening the resilience of the target groups against poverty.

Agriculture Minister Khaled Hneifat appreciated the role played by the Norwegian Embassy and FAO in supporting sustainable agriculture.

Hneifat emphasized the need to join efforts to serve the interests of Jordanians in rural areas, find opportunities to support rural communities and women, and implement projects aimed at optimal utilization of available water resources to achieve food security and preserve water resources.

Lindbeck said that the project aims to promote the transition to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agricultural food systems in Jordan, explaining that it is “necessary” to address challenges in the agricultural sector to enhance food security for Jordanians and refugees in marginalized communities.

“We are pleased that FAO is implementing this project in close coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture in a way that meets the goals of the Jordanian government to ensure food security in the Kingdom and develop sustainable methods of agriculture,” he said.

Assaf said: “The agro-food sector in Jordan supports the livelihoods of about a quarter of the population, and there is an urgent need to support food security.”

“It provides job opportunities for refugees and women in rural communities,” Assaf said.

“This project is in line with the second priority of FAO and the Government of Jordan; sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. It is also in line with regional initiatives on water scarcity and building resilience to enhance food security,” he added.

The project’s goal is to achieve sustainable food security among Syrian refugees and host communities in rural areas by enhancing their ability to participate in sustainable agro-food systems, and building their capacities through an integrated training program to create decent job opportunities.

The project will address capacity building, financing, and employment needs through activities related to capacity strengthening, distribution of tools, access to microfinance markets and job creation.

Norway’s agreement with FAO comes a day after Germany committed 21.5 million euros ($22.2million) in additional assistance to the World Food Program (WFP), and the refugee agency UNHCR in Jordan, citing its desire to help cover part of the needs of Jordan-based refugees amid rising fuel and food prices in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A German Embassy statement said WFP will get 20 million euros ($20.6 million) in additional aid this year and in 2023, while UNHCR is allocated more assistance worth 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million).

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