The Agricultural Resources Management Project (phase 2 is implemented through five local community support units in the agricultural lands the governorates of Karak, Tafila and Ma`an in southern heights in Jordan.
The project aims at improving food and water security; and increasing the level of income of targeted groups through local community development and empowering women to actively participate in the usage, administration, and preservation of land and water resources.
The project objectives are to:
- Form water users associations to make farmers participate in the administration maintenance, and preservation of springs and waterways;
- Rehabilitate springs and padding waterways in order to improve the efficiency of springs and minimize water waste, which would increase the amount of water reaching farms and trees;
- Renovate perennial olive trees and encouraging farmers to cultivate new plants and improve production techniques;
- Train farmers on agricultural best practices in the maintenance of springs and waterways.
The project activities include building capacity of the farmers through trainings on best techniques of irrigation, rehabilitation of perennial olive trees and management of the demand, utilization and preservation of water, providing chemical fertilizers, spraying insecticides, and paying for trimmers, protecting springheads and building small tanks in farms for accumulation and pumping of water.
The project efforts have led to:
- Improving access to the water in the springhead;
- Increasing water flow to the spring;
- Reducing the rate of water wasted directly from the soil or through evaporation ;
- Making water reach agricultural land in an easier manner;
- Increasing cultivated areas and increasing the productivity of irrigated trees;
- Saving time and efforts exerted in the irrigation of trees.
Partners: IFAD and local communities
Mamoon Al Adaileh,
Ministry of Agriculture
ARMPII - SLM officer