This season, August 2016 to May 2017, AC4Ds Jordan Valley farm produced:
15,561 Boxes of Produce
Those boxes contained 157,944 Kilograms of Mixed Produce
Over 90% were distributed to Syrian and Iraqi refugees, mostly through 6 local partners
77,805 people ate fresh produce for a week
50 local farmers participated in extension and training events (with many more visiting the farm between trainings)
Over 15,000kg of tomatoes were produced hydroponically, a major step toward providing local farmers with a sustainable, and cost effective, step forward in the quality and quantity of their production.
|Hydroponic Tomatoes 2 Weeks after Planting|
One major challenge that has finally overtaken Jordan Agriculture is its over-reliance on chemical pest control and fungicide.
As of just May 17th the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) have banned the importing of Jordanian produce due to high levels of pesticide and other chemicals. The requirement is now that all produce meets Euregap standards and Jordanian smallholder farmers are unequipped to understand and implement those standards. This is a major opportunity for AC4D to continue to add value to the agricultural community but implementing what we have learned to link smallholder farmers with information and training in meeting new standards.
Hydroponics is an excellent solution for meeting those criteria because it allows plants to be grown year after year in a media unaffected by salinity from poor water quality. Low salinity means healthy plants which are more resistant to pests, viruses, and fungus therefore requiring LESS CHEMICAL INTERVENTION.