UfM endorses 10.6m euro project to support sustainable agriculture in Jordan

Union for the Mediterranean Farmers tomato
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AMMAN — Senior officials from the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) met yesterday to discuss their main actions for 2023 and endorsed a new cooperation project aimed at supporting sustainable agriculture in Jordan, according to a press statement. اضافة اعلان

The project, funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) for a total cost of 10.6 million euros, will strive to economically empower vulnerable populations, including refugee communities from Syria and Palestine, as well as Jordanians in need.

The project's primary goal is to improve water usage in the area and to prove the concept of sustainable agriculture. It is designed to increase year-round income and improve working conditions for those involved in farming-related activities in the northern highlands.

‘High potential replicability’ The Smart Desert project has high potential replicability to other countries in the region, and it's hoped that it will be a model for sustainable agriculture in the future.

During the meeting, officials were also briefed on the UfM Secretariat's priorities for 2023, including the upcoming launch of two grant schemes to fund projects on green jobs and trade, the presentation of the UfM Youth Action Plan, and regional conferences and working groups on key issues such as energy and climate change, food security, disability, civil protection, youth entrepreneurship, digitalization, and social economy.

The UfM Secretary General also shared updates on the ongoing work to launch the Mediterranean Capitals of Culture initiative within the framework of the next edition of the Day of the Mediterranean. Additionally, Ministerial meetings on Urban Development (Croatia, May), Trade (Spain, October), and Higher Education (Morocco, November) were also discussed.

The UfM Secretary General, Nasser Kamel, highlighted that protecting populations and building their resilience will continue to be their top priority in 2023. Civil protection and food security also remain high on the agenda, he said, while promoting sustainability and leading regional efforts in the fight against climate change and the environmental crisis will continue to be a focus.

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