Jordan - Rural Economic Growth and Employment Project (REGEP) - Recipes for Change -September 2023
Chef Carlo Cracco (center right), translator Mais Bassam Karam (left), field officer Marah Mufeed Ibrahim Al Momani (right) and Nour Omar Muhammad Banat (center left) on her new farm. Mais and Marah both works at Jordan Enterprise Development Corporation (JEDCO), IFAD's local partner implementing their Rural Economic Growth and Employment Project (REGEP). Nour is a jordanian beneficiary from REGEP, she received an innovation grant of 9718€ from the project about a year ago and used it to create a new farm, powered by solar panels and using drip irrigation, currently one of the most efficient water and nutrient delivery system for growing crops. The solar panels allow her to pump water directly from the ground and store it in a well (capacity 60m³). This is very innovative in the area. Just as innovative, is using drip irrigation which delivers water and nutrients directly to the plant's root zone, in the right amounts, at the right time, so each plant gets exactly what it needs, when it needs it, to grow optimally. Being around one year old, the farm is very young and the crops are still growing, Nour aims at having more grapes but also olive and fig trees. REGEP's goal is the reduction of poverty, vulnerability and inequality in rural areas through creation of productive employment and income generating opportunities for the rural poor and vulnerable, especially youth and women. Chef Cracco's visit is part of IFAD's Recipes for Change program, aiming at finding common ground between people and culture accross the world through the food they eat while tackling climate change.
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