Mercy Corps and the Kingdom of the Netherlands launch Jordan HortiFuture project

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BAQAA – HortiFuture Project recently signed a three-year project that will be funded by the ministry of foreign affairs of the Netherlands and implemented by Mercy Corps in collaboration with Advance Consulting and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) at the National Agricultural Research Center. Attending the signing ceremony were Minister of Agriculture Khaled Hneifat and Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Jordan Harry Verweij.اضافة اعلان

Hneifat expressed satisfaction with the networking and cooperation between the three arms of the ministry that specialize in research, credit and cooperatives in order to advance the agricultural sector and promote sustainable development and support smallholder farmers by adopting sustainable pilot projects, through good agricultural practices and the introduction of modern technologies.

Verweij said that “the Netherlands, believes that true development can only be achieved with input from all four stakeholders. This project will focus mainly on addressing the root causes and challenges of Jordanian smallholder farmers but will also contribute to the agricultural sector as a whole”.

Director-General of the National Agricultural Research Center Nizar Haddad said that “these projects will be based on research studies from experts through consumer demand in the market and the creation of high value products that will reduce marketing challenges”.

According to Mercy Corps Country Director Darius Radcliffe, “Jordan HortiFuture aims to increase the productivity and quality of smallholder farm horticulture activities by helping farmers integrate best practices for cultivation and post-harvest, introducing small farm-appropriate technologies in the form of asset transfers, and providing training on Good Agricultural Practices”.

Three memoranda of understanding were signed by Radcliffe with: the National Agricultural Research Center; the Agriculture Credit Corporation; the Jordan Cooperative Corporation.

Jordan HortiFuture Project aims to create a horticulture sector in Jordan that is inclusive, entrepreneurial, sustainable, and resilient for smallholder farmers, and work on helping farmers integrate best practices in cultivation and post-harvest, while also working on enhancing smallholder farmers' skills to use improved business practices by providing training courses in marketing, business development, and links to mentors. The project will provide four cost-sharing grants, increased access to finance, in partnership with other agriculture stakeholders, and 0% interest loans to smallholder farmers.

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