A new project has started in Jordan, that must lead to improved food security and creation of employment opportunities for the Syrian refugees and Jordanians. It also opens the door for Dutch companies to expand their presence in Jordan.
The programme HEAD (Food Security and Creating Employment Opportunities for the Syrian Refugees and Jordanians in Hydroponic Agriculture Production and Improving the Value Chain in the Agriculture Sector) is a Dutch-funded programme aimed at improving the value chain in Jordan’s agricultural sector through hydroponic farming.
Work and food in Jordan
The implementation of the project must lead to improved food security and creation of employment opportunities for the Syrian refugees and Jordanians. Key elements of the programme also include:
The Netherlands and Jordan contribute together
The grant funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides incentives for Jordanian growers and post-harvest companies to obtain these technologies. It also opens the door for Dutch companies to expand their presence in Jordan. However, both Dutch and Jordanian project partners are expected to contribute to success of implementation by:
- Support technology transfer and knowledge sharing between Dutch and Jordanian partners who are participating in adopting these new technologies on one side and among Jordanian growers and businesses on the other side.
- Contribute time to project activities including training, demonstrations, workshops and awareness and knowledge sharing workshops and meetings.
- Contribute to the costs of the new installations through cost sharing of Jordanian growers and businesses and discounts by the Dutch suppliers and integrators.
As part of project activities, the HAED Project is supporting the piloting of hydroponics farming at three farms in the Jordan Valley and the highlands of Jordan.
The project is being implemented in Jordan by EcoConsult in partnership with the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research, HollandDoor Cooperative U.A., and Bureau Leeters.