UNICEF, DAA launch hydroponic farming project to empower Jordan's vulnerable youth

08-05-2023 08:05 PM

Ammon News - UNICEF and Dar Abu Abdallah (DAA) have partnered on a sustainable hydroponic project in Jordan to deliver training and income-generating opportunities to vulnerable young people, aged 18 to 24 years.

Under this project, which covers 11 locations across Jordan, the ‘Bab Amman’ hydroponic farm in Jerash was officially opened on Monday.

This project, which was inaugurated by Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Jordan, aims to empower youth with the skills needed to carry out demand-driven farming using modern, environmentally friendly techniques that increases productivity and conserves water.

"Young women and men living in rural areas of Jordan are eager to improve their skills and livelihoods, and be leaders of green and sustainable growth," said Duamelle, adding that "UNICEF is keen, with the Jordanian authorities and our partner DAA, to offer such opportunities to young people in Jordan."

For his part, DAA Director General, Samer Balkar, said: "We are immensely grateful to UNICEF for their support and strategic partnership with Dar Abu Abdullah. Today marks a milestone as we are opening our fourth hydroponic farm, 'ADDAR Farm - Bab Amman,' which will not only provide young people with the means to generate a stable source of income, but also contribute to the sustainable development of our community.

This transformative project, was made possible by the unwavering dedication of UNICEF and our local partners, which is considered a significant step towards improving the livelihoods of vulnerable youth in Jordan. By equipping them with the necessary skills and resources, we are empowering these young, fostering a brighter future for all, Balkar added.

Dar Abu Abdullah, which is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, seeks to empower Jordan's underprivileged groups to achieve financial sustainability by enhancing their capabilities and to enhance their resilience and maintain their livelihoods.

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