Princess Basma opens fish farming, aquaculture project in the northern Jordan Valley

22-02-2023 09:05 AM

Ammon News - Her Royal Highness Princess Basma bint Talal inaugurated on Tuesday, at the Sheikh Hussein Development Center, which is affiliated with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), in the Northern Jordan Valley, a fish farming and aquaculture project.

The project, implemented by the United Nations Development Program in Jordan, and funded by the Canadian government, aims to provide employment and business opportunities for 60 local women by constructing three greenhouses for hydroponic farming and three ponds for fish farming.

Investing in human capacities and energies, particularly among young men and women, is essential to achieving comprehensive and sustainable human and economic development, economic empowerment of women, and increased participation in opportunities and the labor market, Princess Basma said.

She emphasized the importance of the project's eco-friendliness and sustainability, and she lauded the efforts of the women in charge for their ability to oversee the project and turn it into a success story as a result of their education and experience.

Princess Basma praised the UNDP for its part in funding the project through its active partnership with JOHUD, whose mission is to advance the economic status of women through the launch of innovative, revenue-generating projects and initiatives that boost women's social roles and employment prospects.

Her Highness stressed the need to change agricultural patterns and individual behavior to ensure food security in the face of increasing environmental risks from climate change and natural disasters. She mentioned the work of the Jordan Valley Authority, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in this regard.

According to Randa Abu Al-Hassan, UNDP's Resident Representative in Jordan, this project helps rural women in the country's northern region gain social and economic independence by closing income gaps and bolstering their participation in household and community decision-making.

She advocated for investing in women's abilities as workers, pioneers, and changemakers in society, as well as removing all barriers that prevent their active participation in society and the labor market.

Princess Basma listened as women who benefited from the project explained what they had learned about recycling and fish farming, the circular economy, environmentally friendly projects, and the development of crops with low costs.

The women explained that the project involves recycling the protein-rich water from the fish ponds to grow crops and foods that are in high demand in the local market.

Her Highness also met with those who benefited from the (SHE'S GREAT) project, which was supported by IREX and aims to empower students, improve their communication skills, develop volunteerism, and challenge some stereotypes. She viewed a theater production put on by the youths that addressed the problem of bullying in schools.

In addition, Her Highness joined an e-commerce training session being offered by JOHUD as part of the Digital Women's Centers, in partnership with Orange Jordan and with funding from the European Union. She listened to the trainees as they discussed how the project had helped them begin selling their home goods online.

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