Herbal and medicinal plants in JordanDecember 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Herbal, medicinal and aromatic plants (HMAPs) offer huge income opportunities for farmers in dry areas – but both technical and policy support are needed. A workshop in Amman, Jordan, helped identify policy issues that must be addressed to promote the country’s HMAP sector.
The workshop, held on 22 December, was organized by the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), ICARDA and IFAD. It brought together 45 participants from research institutions, universities, NGOs and several government ministries, as well as producers, retailers and others involved in HMAP production and marketing. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr Faisal Awawdeh, NCARE Director General. ICARDA was represented by Dr Aden Aw-Hassan, Director, Socioeconomic and Policy Research Program; and Dr Nasri Haddad, Coordinator, West Asia Regional Program. Using lessons learnt from an IFAD-funded project on HMAP value chains in Jordan, the meeting recommended specific policy changes to promote the HMAP sector. The recommendations, relating to research priorities, production and marketing constraints, and institutional frameworks, will be shared with policy makers in Jordan.