Massive refugee and IDP flows across borders in Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, and Syria. Critical water shortages across the region affecting food production and pricing. Low and degrading capacity of local Government Ministries and NGOs to address the current crisis and even less capacity to mitigate the regional structural problems of food production in the long term
Hands on training of smallholder famers in strategies that mitigate water shortages.
o Active Deferral of Fields for Salinity reduction
o Integrated Pest Management
o Low Cost Automation of Climate Control and Irrigation Systems
The most effective means of training agriculturalists is through full scale demonstrations in the major agricultural production areas of the Levant. Full Scale Demonstrations create large amounts of food which can be used to meet the immediate needs of refugees and IDPs inside and outside of traditional “refugee camp” settings. This year alone 150 metric tons of food were produced at the Jordan Valley demonstration farm and distributed to over 15,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugee families across northern Jordan. Over the last 4 years over 250,000 refugees have been fed from scaled demonstrations in the Jordan Valley.
Current farmer extension work covers only one agroclimate in the Levant. New locations to extend lessons learned to a greater percentage of the Levantine farmers are desperately needed especially in the Highland and Fertile Crescent regions. Interventions have the capacity to cost effectively feed and train thousands of in-situ and displaced farmers as they return to their countries and regions of record.
An urban food production and training facility will encompass 1000m2+ of greenhouse production space and employ 2 local staff to train 10 local urban farmers seasonally and feed 5000 refugee families per season via 50,000 kg of estimated food production.
SET UP COST:
1. Greenhouse: $1000 m2x $40/m2 : $40,000
2. Hydroponic System: 1000m2x $10/m2 : $10,000
3. Multiple Independent Fertigation Units: $1400
4. Water Purification & Testing Equipment: $700
1. Land rental: $3000
2. Water: $1000
3. Fertilizer: $600
4. Pest Control and Shading Materials: $400
5. Training Materials: $500
TOTAL PROGRAM COST:
SYRIAN CRISIS FOCUS
Serving vulnerable populations of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugees affected by the Syrian crisis in Jordan, Syria and Iraq
Jordan Valley Farm Project
In 2016/17, the model farm produced 15,561 boxes containing a total of 157,944 kg of mixed vegetables. 90% of these boxes were distributed to Syrian and Iraqi refugees in northern Jordan free of charge. This resulted in 77,805 people eating fresh produce for one week. Over 15,000 kg of tomatoes were also 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.
RIG will facilitate new agricultural development and relief programs in Iraq and Syria using expertise gained from an existing successful program in Jordan. Relief and development efforts will target vulnerable groups of IDPs and refugees within urban and rural refugee communities and camps.
NEW PROJECT - Iraqi Kurdistan - Phase One
Khanke Internally Displaced Persons Camp (Dohuk) - One demonstration (training) farm will be created and run adjacent to Khanke Camp (Yazidi IDPs, 13,000 people). The surrounding village hosts another 17,000 Yazidi IDPs in unofficial lodging for a total of approximately 30,000 IDPs. This farm will model hydroponics, greenhouse, and open field, as well as herding techniques (animals) for IDPs. The food (vegetables) will be sold to another US nonprofit for distribution to the most vulnerable people in the camp. The goal is to help people reconstitute their ability to feed themselves upon their return to their own land
Sinjar Mountain – Two smaller training farms will be established on Sinjar Mountain for Yazidi IDPs. This will continue the process of training the Yazidi IDPs as they return home from the camps. These farms with model hydroponics, herding, and other best practice techniques. The will complete the camp to home cycle. (The intent is to use this model in other needy locations.)