Oyster Mushroom Planting at Household Level Project

Place: jordan, Asia
Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health
Total Budget: € 12.000,00 | Period: From January 2005 To December 2010


This initiative is focused on a unique plant called Oyster Mushroom to be used in food diets for its nutrition value, immunity agent and healthy food in rural and remote areas in such countries like Jordan which suffers from water scarcity and limited arable lands. More than 2500 beneficiaries have been trained to plant it into their houses in order increase their income and added food consumption pattern into their diets. 


National Center for Agricultural 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

Jordanian Cooperative Corporation - Jordan

Initiative partner

The Cooperative Enterprise Jordanian supervision of the cooperative sector and is working to raise the level of economic, social and cultural cooperation and communities, and promote self-reliance to achieve social and economic benefits of Cooperatives without practicing collaborative work alone directly

Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture - Jordan

Initiative partner


The main idea is to courage local communities to plant Mushroom in their houses in order to increase their income and having a high nutrients value in their diets and increasing their immunityThe main idea is to courage local communities to plant Mushroom in their houses in order to increase their income and having a high nutrients value in their diets and increasing their immunity

Mushroom is not popular in Jordanian diets ; for many reasons such as Mushroom was unknown plant , strange taste and high prices and it was only available for wealthy people, The main innovation in this project is to introduce Mushroom for locals and and to encourage people to use Mushroom in their diets for its nutritional value and as health food.

The Agriculture sector in Jordan is suffering from water scarcity and negative impacts due to the climate change which affected on the food security; as a result, we had thought of create new methods to use water in proper ways and to use small sized places in backyards or might be inside houses, Mushroom is recommended to be one of best and suitable plants to be planted in houses, and Mushroom is adopted to our climate conditions mainly in winter time.
Mushroom is an economic plant with low costs , low water amounts and small sized place, easy to be planted, easy to be monitored and max yield, Mushroom could be planted in caves, kitchen drawers, basements, unused places inside houses in the shadow

• about 3000 participants have been trained on Mushroom planting
• Mushroom contributes to enhance household income
• Mushroom reduces  an unemployment rate sector mainly the households females
• Mushroom as new nutrient input added value such as B12 and high Protein content with low fat.

• house wives ( about 1200 ) who have been trained into thier cooperatives)
• schools ( more than 1500 students in many different places in Jordan)
• cooperative staff ( about 70 emplyees)
• interseted young girls ( about 300 ones) 

people that performed the initiative in the field as follows: 

• Eng. Khalil Jurn,  Project Director since 2005 till 2010
• Eng. Maha Hadidi as main trainer in the project, she was director of Division of Training farmers and  Rural Women since 2005 till 2010
• Eng. Ashraf Hawamdeh as trainer since 2005 till 2010
• Eng. Ahmad Khrisatt as trainer in since 2007 to 2010
• Eng. Basman Al-Hamed  as trainer since 2005 till 2010

• The main obstacle is people's  ignorance about  Mushroom in the beginning of the project.
• Mushroom taste was NOT accepted by some people
• there was a huge effort have been done to convince people for Mushroom benefits as a healthy food and enriched with nutrients in spite of its strange taste which need more time to be adapted

• The main environmental dimension of this initiative is using plant free of toxicity and environmental friendly and to reproduce Oyster Mushroom spores in labs. We have trained only interested on reproduce Mushroom spores. Farmers were trained on environmental aspects to be taken in consideration in planting Mushroom.
• Oyster Mushroom is environmentally friendly because it is a free from any of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides.
• by-products of Mushroom can be used as animal feed which contain high protein
• by-products of Mushroom can be used as fertilizer

• Some of participants have trained some of their own relatives or friends, as Mushroom is new and strange for others which create sort of curiosity to see this plant and to duplicate it into their houses.
• During our last field visits (2014) in order to monitor Mushroom, we found that 40% of participants still have used Mushroom as income source.
• While 15% of participants still use it into their diets as a healthy food.

• New comers have heard of Mushroom, they are look forward to get training on it, and NCARE has welling to hold more training courses for interested new people.

• NCARE  has produced a book contains a full training backage of Mushroom titled by “ Planting and Produciton of Oyster Mushroom” 

Front page of theOyster mushroom book NCARE has produced a book containing a full training backage of mushroom entitled "planting and production of Oyster mushroom "

We have developed the following dissemination methodology as follows:
• coducting the taringing on the counry level
• dissemination of brochoures
• providing viusal adis such as ( Vedios, agricultural programs on Radio and TV)
• we have recommended  a Mushroom subject  into Educational correculium  in  the School (Grade 10) with cooperation of Minsitry of Educaion in Jordaan.
• field visit
• Office visits by farmers
•   phone calls consultations.