FAO launches project to support Syrian refugees

Amman, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday launched a project funded by the Japanese government, worth $1 million.

The project, which is being implemented by the FAO office in Jordan in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), targets 500 Jordanian and Syrian families in the governorates of Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa.

The initiative helps achieve objectives of the Jordanian response plan for the Syrian crisis 2017-2019, the national strategy for agricultural development 2016-2025 and the partnership plan between the international organization and the Jordanian government 2017-2022.

The Japanese Ambassador here Hidenao Yanagi, who took part in the launch ceremony, praised Jordan’s role in hosting Syrian refugees and announced Japan has granted about $218 million to the international organizations in Jordan.

On the current project, he said the Japanese government decided to grant $1 million to the FAO this year to implement this venture, which aims to improve the living standards of the select Jordanian and Syrian refugee’s families as technologies will be integrated into the agricultural industry and small and medium-sized enterprises in the agriculture sector will be launched.

In turn, head of the FAO office in Jordan, Nasruddin Haj Amin, said the project would improve livelihoods of the 500 families.

Source: Jordan News Agency