Sahara Forest Project is settling in Jordan. Stephen Clarkson, Head Grower of The Sahara Forest Project, is meeting with local farmers, organizations, land owners and suppliers.
Sahara Forest Project is settling in Jordan. Stephen Clarkson, Head Grower of The Sahara Forest Project, is meeting with local farmers, organizations, land owners and suppliers. The ongoing Sahara Forest Project activities in Jordan prepare for construction of the launch station and explore new business opportunities.
“I meet with local farmers to get detailed knowledge of the agriculture sector in Jordan and the challenges it faces”, Head Grower Stephen Clarkson says.
He arrived in Jordan in August 2014 and is currently staying in Amman.
Clarkson is busy visiting farms and markets and i.a. having discussions about potential new cooperation and services The Sahara Forest Project can provide.
Sahara Forest Project is looking into providing advice and consultancy for the Jordanian agriculture sector to increase yields, better the quality and achieve more sustainable production.
“Sahara Forest Project can make a difference, from the technologies to training on all levels, from the very basic beginner to using the most advanced computer systems, used in modern growing”, Clarkson says.
When Clarkson travels around Jordan, he learns a lot about local conditions and routines. He has discovered areas, like food and water security, where Sahara Forest Project’s know-how can make important improvements.
The launch station
All the knowledge he acquires is of importance for the preparations for The Sahara Forest Project launch station. Clarkson is also preparing for hiring local workers to take part in the construction and operation of the first Sahara Forest Project facility in Jordan.
On the 22nd of June 2014 The Sahara Forest Project signed an agreement with The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Amman for establishing a Sahara Forest Project Launch Station and related activities in Jordan. Funding for the Sahara Forest Project Launch Station is provided by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, represented by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Amman, together with The Grieg Foundation and other philanthropic sources. This facility will become operational during 2015.
The Launch Station is for establishing The Sahara Forest Project on the ground in Jordan to demonstrate the key technologies, start technological cooperation with our local partners and to prepare for the construction and operation phase of the full scale Jordan Centre.
The objective of this first phase is to demonstrate the technology under local conditions and to engage a team on the ground who, in addition to conduct testing of the technologies, will work directly with raising awareness in Jordan on solutions for sustainable food, water and energy production.
Sahara Forest Project in Jordan
Sahara Forest Project has experienced considerable interest among Jordanians for sustainable solutions. Water, energy and food security are inter-linked challenges for Jordan.
Sahara Forest Project brings together sustainable technologies responding to Jordan’s social, market and climate challenges. The Sahara Forest Project’s unique system creates value through the production of food, water and energy in an integrated system.