The Green Caravan
The Green Caravan Program in Jordan:
The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature launched the Green Caravan program in 2003 to reduce the rate of desertification, highlight the importance of agriculture and support small-scale farmers. These aims are the key components to improve Jordan’s food basket.
- Enhance food security and food sovereignty by planting fruit-bearing trees;
- Combat desertification to mitigate the effects of climate change;
- Provide a sustainable source of income for farmers to combat poverty and unemployment;
- Raise awareness about the importance of planting trees and environmental protection;
- Encourage the participation of students in environmental volunteer activities and provide a space for local community building.
The Green Caravan’s Pillars:
- Strong partnerships between civil society and the public and private sectors. For each targeted area, a small committee is formed to oversee planning and implementation, where local communities are put at the center of decision-making.
- Sustainable resource management: the program only selects trees that are suitable for the target area, ensures there is an accessible source of water and efficient irrigation techniques.
- Social justice orientation prioritizing small-holder farmers.
- Promotion of environmental, economic and social links by planting fruit trees that have high economic and nutritional value.
- Protection of human beings, who are an integral part of the environment.
The Green Caravan has also pushed to revitalize the concept of ‘Hakoura’; a homestead garden that is emblematic of the traditional culture of farming. This concept is essential for achieving food sovereignty in Jordan.
- Meetings with farmers and their local communities to introduce them to the project.
- An independent committee conducts field surveys and processes applications for proposed beneficiaries according to the following criteria:
- Households whose main source of income is agriculture;
- Households with low-income and/or unemployment;
- Households headed by women;
- Households with individuals with disabilities;
- Households with university students;
- Availability of water sources.
- Visit target sites to select crops and ensure readiness for planting.
- Visit nurseries to check compliance with technical specifications and quantities needed for planting.
- Volunteers (students, employees, entrepreneurs, the local community) carry out the planting after being given necessary instruction.
- Documentation of project data.
- Periodic visits to monitor projects, ensure their sustainability and assess their impact.
- 110,557 trees planted in Jordan
- 240 volunteer activities
- 2,789 dunams (689 acres) of land planted
- 2,319 families with 11,922 members assisted
- 6,543 vegetables and medicinal herb seedlings planted