Regional food system for a positive impact on livelihood in and outside Syrian refugee camps, Jordan

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In war afflicted areas, it is important to invest in building resilient communities. One way of doing that, is to focus on food systems and urban agriculture.

Syrian refugee camp
This project intervenes in the local food system in and around a Syrian refugee camp in Northern Jordan.  Here, refugees found different paths either inside refugee camps, but also informally - on their own-, outside of the camps. Local communities were already under pressure from existing issues like unemployment, poverty, stretched public services, lack of water etc. The influx of refugees adds to that pressure.

Expert mission
Creating economic opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable groups in urbanised areas in an integrated way is a challenging and complex undertaking. This also goes for promoting urban agriculture, sustainable use of (grey) water and (solid) waste management in the region. It requires the cooperation of a diverse group of stakeholders. The expert mission focused much attention on connecting the stakeholders, thereby building a stakeholder platform, so effective collaboration could start.

Platforms
The process needs to further unfold in a series of steps. The first step is to bring parties together and to discuss a shared and combined strategy among them. At local level this happens by building on existing value chain platforms and community level activities; on national level by making linkages to National Policy and to the similar platform in Greater Municipality of Amman. Through these platforms linking and learning can happen at various levels, and on various related topics. It can start small and grow wider.

Training
Furthermore, the projects will start with the development of so-called Innovation and Capacity Building Centres on Food. Here training in and dissemination of urban agricultural innovative techniques and other (social) skills will be given by trained local “champions” to local groups.

Results
The first concrete results of this approach are to improve the food system including more diverse, small-scale crop and livestock production, basic processing and marketing techniques, which generates income and employment. At the same time capacity building for both the host community and refugees (including those residing in camps), while improving urban and environmental management, will happen.

Interested in co-investments?
For this project we are looking for organisations that like to co-invest.

Partners in this project:
Floris van Slijpe (initiator)
RUAF (urban agriculture experts)

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