Ammon news – The Italian Ambassador to Jordan, Fabio Cassese, and the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Jordan, Nabil Assaf, on Sunday signed a million-dollar deal. euros to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable Jordanian communities through the “Sustainable Production and Use of Agricultural Resources (SPUAR)” funded by the Italian government, Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
This initiative targets the most vulnerable communities who suffer from inadequate economic infrastructure. Specifically, the initiative aims to improve the social protection network in Ma’an Governorate, which is the Kingdom’s largest governorate and one of the poorest, according to the Statistics Department.
âRecognizing the importance of supporting the agricultural sector and the sustainable management of natural resources in a country like Jordan facing the challenges of desertification, drought and land degradation, Italy’s partnership with FAO is focuses on the actions needed to counter the negative impact of resource scarcity on human development and poverty, âAmbassador Cassese said.
Water scarcity is one of Jordan’s main challenges and hinders the country’s economic development, especially in the agricultural sector. Demand for water resources for agricultural and non-agricultural purposes is increasing, with the agricultural sector consuming about 510 million cubic meters (51%) of the available fresh water each year, according to Petra.
For his part, Assaf said: âFAO is responding to the water scarcity in Jordan. This project will be implemented in southern Jordan, targeting the most vulnerable families in Ma’an Governorate by creating unconventional water resources through rainwater harvesting to support agriculture and improve the property. -be targeted people “.
In turn, the director of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in Jordan (AICS), Emilio Cabasino said: âThrough this two-year project, we are targeting a total of 120 families (660 people), including those run by women, youth, and people with disabilities. Interventions will include the provision of rooftop water collection systems and food processing equipment. This is in addition to a capacity building program to equip beneficiaries with the skills to maximize the use of natural agricultural resources and improve their livelihoods. “