Financial Empowering of Rural Women on Food Processing

Place: jordan, Asia
Sustainable management of natural resources Sustainable management of natural resources
Total Budget: € 4.000,00 | Period: From July 2008 To June 2014


Food processing that women play in the Badia and rural areas is traditionally way that faced difficulties in storage for a long time, which affects the quality of the product .In order to raise the efficiency of women in these processes, training women in processing ,storage and marketing  of vegetables, milk production process in Badia and rural area to enable them in her local community to be able to processes without facing difficulties , in addition to training  them how to market a food process to be acceptable by consumer and be able to find local markets, especially for its product and come through to convince women to work in groups through their involvement with local associations to have yields profit in order to empower woman in food processes and create jobs her and raise the standard living  family members.


National Center for Agriculture Research and Extension - Jordan

Lead applicant

Organize agricultural research and extension plans for sustainable development. Adopt the latest agricultural techniques for local conditions. Disseminate appropriate technologies to farmers through extension agents. Enhance knowledge and improve skills of researchers and extension agents through education and training activities. Conduct economic studies. Evaluate the effect of economic factors on agricultural production. Capacity building of researchers and extension agents in collaboration with local, national and international partners and provides training and cross-learning opportunities in order to better addressing agricultural development problems.

Kum Alraff society for women - Jordan

Initiative partner

To develop women sector in Um Al-Dananeer Village, and to empower women through holding raising awareness training and workshop and supported activities for women on food processing such as jams, pickling, and drying some of medical plants

Vocational Training Corporation - Jordan

Initiative partner

Vocational Training Corporation (VTC) was established in accordance with the temporary law No. (35) of 1976, and it is currently working in accordance with the law No.11 of 1985 – the law of vocational training corporation and the amended law No.(50) of 2001, and the law No. (27) of 1999, the law for organizing vocational work. VTC provides its services to all citizens regardless of their education level working of the platform of lifelong continuous learning, both in vocational preparation programs of all professional levels, or upgrading competency programs to raise competency of workers on job in marketplace. The Corporation also provides training and consultations services in the area of safety and professional health to minimize accidents in workplace, training of trainers and supervisors in behavioral and administrative aspects, developing the work of small and middle size establishments, and organizing Jordanian labor market.

Ministry of Education/ Directorate of Education for Karak - Jordan

Initiative partner

Ministry of Education Mission :to create and administer an education system based on “excellence,” energized by its human resources, dedicated to high standards, social values, and a healthy spirit of competition, which contributes to the nation’s wealth in a global “Knowledge Economy.”

The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development JOHUD - Jordan

Initiative partner

o The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), established in 1977, is an independent, leading non-profit, non-governmental organisation, dedicated to promoting rights-based sustainable human development in Jordan and in the region. Across Jordan and through a network of 50 community development centres, JOHUD helps people work together to improve livelihoods and to ensure that everyone has access to the entitlements that contribute to healthy and fulfilled lives. What We Do: . o Act as a catalyst for communities to play a leading role in local development processes o Provide training, research and consulting services to build individual and institutional capacity. o Implement projects that tackle specific development problems and empower people to improve the well-being of all segments of society. Build alliances and advocate for policies that are equitable and socially inclusive. o Mobilise resources from individuals and organisations to provide a ‘safety net’ for the most vulnerable.

The main idea is to empower rural women in food processing by guiding women to utilize home garden and backyards in order to provide familis with their food needs in terms of food security in family level, which will imporve household income and improve livelihoodthe project worked tightly with cooperatives and soceities, our activities implemented into less previelage remote areas in Jordan, this initiative is focused on food secrity and to eradicate poverity in rural area.

Most of the National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) activities dealt with women groups and with the local communities on various levels,  In Jordan, we found that  women were not empowered,and  due to the wide ranage of work activties with women NCARE has established the Gender Unit (GU) in 2007. The main duty is to  the enhance the role of women in the process of agricultural development and to increase their income and  the  living standards.
Main Gender Unit Functions:
• Raise awareness of the concept of gender in the agricultural sector (governmental and non- governmental).
• Participation in awareness campaigns and extension projects
• Deepening the concept of local participation to ensure the sustainability of agricultural activities on gender.
• Conducting  field surveys in the area of requirements from the perspective of gender and cooperation with the relevant authorities (socio-economic studies) 

Women in the villages and arid and semiarid regions such (Badia of Jordan) play active role in the development of local communities and have a significant impact on agricultural operations, both in the plant production activities and manufacture of agricultural products such as Pickling, Jam, and Malben (traditional sweet produced from grapes), tomato paste, olive pickling, animal production activities such as sheep husbandry and manufacture of cheese butter, Jammed (traditional hard yoghurt).
Women duties were underestimated and unpaid, the manufacturing process of the surplus of plants and animal products are for domestic consumption to reach food security by providing a family needs of protein and energy. In spite of these activities which carried out by woman! there is a lack of knowledge in women sector and they still have manage their food processing in poor manner which producing  low quality products and still have facing serious problems in food processing. 

• Implemintation of 20 food processing programs for rural women in remote areas in the following governorates of Amman, Irbid, Salt, Mafraq,Ma’an, Karak, Jarash, Ajloun, and Aqab
• Participation and envolvment of about 20 cooperatives and charities, cooperativies have provide a training rooms, kitchens, and other facilities
• Training of 300 women  milk porcessing, pickling vegetables in addition to olive, refregirating  of vegetables, Jam processing,and Malban ( traditional sweet) processing
• Training of  300 women on making grapes venigar
• Training of 300 women on patisserie processing
• Trianing of 300 women on vegetable keeping and food reserve
• NCARE with cooperation with  the JOHUD have established a Rural Market in Mansoura village at Irbid governorate for woment to sell their products such as Pickling, Jam, Jameed, and local cereals.
• Participation of  rural women in  Naional Olive Festival on annual bases
•  (300) women are certificed in Food Processing 

Rural Market Rural Market in Kum Al Raf village, Mafraq, Jordan
Training activities Training rural woment on Jam processing
Training activities Training rural women on vegetables reserve

o About 300 rual women from the following areas of Amman, Irbid, Salt, Mafraq, Ma’an, Karak, Jarsh, Ajloun and Aqaba
o 20 different cooperatives and charities all over the whole country.
o About five schools  were  envolved in the raising awareness trainng workshops for their Students in food nutrition and its importance for health.
o Train contact officers from various government and private sectors such as cooperatives 

Meeting with rural communities Meeting with rural communities in Kum Alraf village, Mafraq, Jordan
Participants from local communities Participants from local communities in Patessire processing
Participants from local communities Participants from local communities in milk processing

o Eng. Nadira Al Jawhari, B.Sc. Animal production, Project Director, Head of Gender Department at NCARE
o Eng. Maissa Haddadin, MSc Plant Production, Gender focal point, NCARE
o Eng. Suha Abu Elenain, MSc plant production, Gender focal point, NCARE
o Eng. Zain Kharaissat, BSc  Plant protection, Gender focal point, NCARE

Training on Food Reserve Training on Food Reserve by Eng. Nadira Jawhari at Saidyyeh Village, Mafarq, Jordan

• Lack of food processing  knowledge; during our field visits and upon request of rural women who have asked to train them on food processing we have disgned this initiative for them
• Un-solved  problems during the food processing and preparation which caused  poor  storage of the products for a longer time.  
• Some rural women  prefer to stick to their families and communities (colsed group); we have encourage participants to work in team and togther to disslove closeness of their food preperations and encourange them on cooperation preinciples. 
• Lack of marketing channals for  home made food processed prodcuts,  rural women through their socities we have develop establishig a local market to sell their products 

• Encourage organic farming of gardens.
• Reduce pollution of water, soil and air.
• Reduce risk of human diseases, due to the high chemical residue
• Prevent any further contamination from plastic containers used in pickling and canning.

• The initiative is sustainable due to the availability of products from the garden.
• Canning as well as pickling of vegetables will be continuous, since the gardens will be mainateined and planted on a regular basis.
• The initiative has been transferred and adopted in differnt areas, for instance, JOHUD  has trained Nashmmiat Balqa Society on food processing, new participants easliy adoption  due to its adaptability, simplicity, and low cost of establishing it,
• The overhead cost of the initiative is minimal, hence it can be coied and implemented anywhere.
• The initiative can be duplicated in differnt districts, since gardens are everywhere and we found that this topic attracting other rural women and there is unparticipanted women want to improve their food processing skills.

Cheese making leaflets for rural women Distribution of cheese making leaflets on rural women, Kum Alraf, Mafraq, Jordan

• The initiative was created, implemented and transferred to the target audience using simple methodologies such as hands –on- training and easy to use practices.
• Exchange of experiences have dominated the transferability, especialy between various women associations and groups, presentations etc.
• Follow up and regular contact meetings were always been on the plan.
• Several tools were used before, during and after the implementation process. Regualr evaluation was always done.
• Encourage already trained women to be involved in training other target groups.
• Provide some women organizations with basic utilities needed for the implementation of the initiative .
• developing a food processing manual as a guide for them and other woment could use it mainly it contains on step by step procedute filled with picture  

Food processing Manual Distribution of Food processing Manual
Training Training on Khabissa Food (a traditional food) in rural communities