Sufficient food supply is an on-going issue. Since refugees basically cannot work, they are dependent on vouchers for food from the UN or other NGOs. As the war goes on, vouchers are being reduced in amount. They are about 1/3 of what they were at the beginning of the war. Proper nutrition is as much as a concern as just having enough food. Thus, there is an increase in Syrian children and women suffering and begging for food. Without additional outside help, families will not sustain life.
Jordan Project Solution is to provide built in hydroponic farming on each apartment complex rooftop allowing for year round growing. This technique allows enough space for all families to grow and maintain crops for sustainment. We are currently teamed with organic farmers who specialize in hydroponics. Jordan Project will provide training and assistance. Certified organic farmers are evaluating and recommending crops and approaches. Processes and procedures will be in place to ensure participation and will reward those who excel. The design of the hydroponics is such that the crops and processes are very forgiving so with a minimum amount of training, bountiful crops are possible. Dieticians are evaluating the dietary requirements and what will grow in Jordan. Crops will be selected with market demands in mind so that growing periods can be maximized for value.
Hydroponics gives the refugees an ability to provide nutritional food for their families while being a satisfying and stress-reducing activity. The advantages of Hydroponics is that the growing cycles are shorter and can be optimize to produce three (3) times as much produce.
Water is of great concern in Jordan due to the scarcity of the supply. Hydroponics, which uses about 1/20 the amount of water as traditional gardening, is a great alternative.