The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Jordan launched a brand new project to establish potential areas for data alternate, coverage dialogue, and programme improvement to enhance water safety, agriculture, and vitamin outcomes within the Kingdom.
The inception workshop, held with each digital and bodily individuals, introduced collectively representatives from the agriculture, water and vitamin sectors from authorities, nationwide analysis institutes and universities, and non-profit organisations, in keeping with a FAO assertion.
The project, “Increasing water productivity for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and improved food security and nutrition”, is being applied in six pilot international locations: Niger, Rwanda, Mozambique, Benin, Egypt and Jordan, the assertion stated.
The assertion added that to advertise data and the implementation of sustainable water and farming practices that may enhance livelihoods and vitamin outcomes it would develop a instrument to establish strategies for bettering crop decisions, water administration methods, and agricultural practices to maximise crop yield, the vitamin density of harvested crops, and the financial return with minimal water inputs.
“Jordan has had a good relationship with FAO and the IFAD in working together to increase agriculture’s contribution to the GDP, expand job opportunities, and empower women and youth to develop small enterprises to improve their livelihoods,” Ali Abu Nukta, Assistant Secretary-General for Livestock on the ministry of Agriculture stated on behalf of Agriculture Minister Khalid Hneifat, in the course of the occasion.
Meanwhile, Nabil Assaf, FAO Representative for Jordan acknowledged that as a custodian of the United Nations’ Agency for Food and Agriculture, FAO has a vital function in addressing all types of malnutrition by enabling wholesome diets by means of a complete meals programs method, which recognises that entry to satisfactory water is vital for meals manufacturing. The FAO’s technique facilitates collective actions throughout water, meals safety and vitamin sectors.
“This project is timely since it is completely in line with the IFAD’s Strategy and complements the IFAD’s ongoing projects and also the cooperation agenda with FAO,” Vrej Jijyan, the IFAD nation director, acknowledged throughout his remarks.
“ FAO supports more nutrient-dense crops per drop through value-added approaches in women’s empowerment, water and food productivity, and income generation,” Sasha Koo-Oshima, the deputy director of the FAO Land and Water Division, stated in the course of the workshop.
“Across all the implementing countries the project will catalyse partnerships that will help overcome barriers to sustainable smallholder farmers’ access to remunerative markets,” Paulo Dias, the project supervisor within the FAO Land and Water Division, stated throughout his remarks.
Dias added that linking farmers to existent public procurement programmes, such because the home-grown faculty feeding programmes and different initiatives from the non-public sector in Jordan, will assist incentivise crop diversification and the manufacturing of excessive nutrient density crops.
Dias highlighted that there’s an “urgent need” to advertise sustainable agricultural practices given the rising problem to make sure equitable and dependable entry to various diets and protected water for all.
“Currently, climate change is exacerbating land degradation, water scarcity, flooding, and rainfall unpredictably, which in turn undermine the productivity of smallholder farmers and contribute to rising rates of malnutrition,” he added.
Dias added that water administration might be vital for the achievement of worldwide vitamin targets given the vital function of water in meals manufacturing, preparation and hygiene.