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To increase the seed stock and availability of local landraces for grains and pulses. 


  • Encourage farmers to plant local seed (landraces) and cultivate organically by underwriting the cost of planting and harvesting their first crop, and contracting to buy the whole crop at fair-trade prices.
  • Encourage farmers to save seed by including this requirement in the contract.
  • Build stocks of landraces by banking seed for sale to local farmers to expand the project.
  • Set a precedent for fair-trade agriculture in Jordan.
  • Encourage research on and banking of landraces by partnering with NCARE's genetic resources unit.
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    Zahagiyya, May 2013
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    Threshing at Zahagiyya, July 2013
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    Harvester from Sadaqa, Rajif, Taybeh - Rajif 2013
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    Harvester from Sadaqa, Rajif, Taybeh - Rajif 2013
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    Zahagiyya, 2013
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    Rajif field 2013
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    Organic, sustainably grow, whole grain flour from Zahagiyya, Rajif, al-Iqsaar, 2013
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    Zahagiyya, 2013
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Project Goal

  • Convert 500 hectares (5,000 dunums) of smallholder farms (+ 20 dunums each) to sustainable agriculture, and train farmers to the benefits of sustainable farming.
  • Create cooperative to process and package product.
  • Sell domestically produced organic grains and pulses at high-end retail outlets in Amman.

Current status of project

  • As of January 2014 al-Hima will have 780 dunums of wheat and barley under cultivation; 220 dunums of lentils and hummous will be planted in February, totaling 1,000 dunums of sustainably cultivated grain and pulses. 
  • These farms are located in al-Shobak, Wadi Musa,al-Rajif, al-Sadaqa and Ras al-Naqab, in Ma'an Governorate.
  • al-Hima Foundation has contracted to purchase all of the product and to retail it in Amman.  Amman markets have been secured.
  • al-Hima has partnered with the Development Directorate for the Sherah Agricultural Region to mount two workshops on soil conservation/improvement and crop rotation.
  • Our long-term vision is to convert 1,000 dunums/year to sustainable agriculture.

project updates

Coming soon: fresh, sustainably produced friekeh farmed without chemicals or irrigation in Shobak and Petra Region.