UNICEF and DAA bring economic empowerment opportunities to vulnerable youth in Jordan through hydroponic farming
JERASH, 8 May 2023 –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 today. This project aims to empower youth with the skills they need 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 Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Jordan. “UNICEF is keen, with the Jordanian authorities and our partner DAA, to offer such opportunities to young people in Jordan.”
“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.” Samer Balkar, Director General of Dar Abu Abdullah said.
Through partnerships with local municipalities and universities, who provide the land and other essential services for each farm, and support to gain access to private sector markets, the initial investment is designed to lead to self-sufficient businesses within one year. The project also contributes to stimulating local economic development in rural areas, building stronger local supply chains and improving food security.
All young people in the programme receive life skills training – from critical thinking to financial literacy - technical training combining both theoretical and practical knowledge on hydroponics and on-the-job training in greenhouses. The cooperative model promotes co-ownership and co-management of the youth in the business, with earnings both shared among individuals and reinvested.
The hydroponic farm project is part of UNICEF’s Learning to Earning programme - supporting vulnerable adolescents and youth to access meaningful employment and income through training and entrepreneurship support that reflects the needs of the labour market. It is generously supported by the Government of Canada, the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the PROSPECTS partnership, and the United States Government.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Jordan, visit www.unicef.org/jordan.
About Dar Abu Abdullah
Dar Abu Abdullah is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that seeks to empower the less fortunate and the poorest in Jordan, to achieve financial sustainability by enhancing their capabilities and providing them with new means and methods that enhance their resilience and maintain their livelihoods.
Named after His Majesty the late King Hussein Bin Talal and chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, DAA was established in an effort to honour His Majesty’s legacy and his belief that the individual represents a nation’s greatest asset