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"Towards people's sovereignty over food and natural resources"

APN seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Arab peoples to sustain the region's natural resources and gain sovereignty over them , particularly in areas suffering from war and occupation.

2,154,983

Trees Planted

112,386

Dunam

23,398

Farmers

The Green Caravan

The Green Caravan is a programme that was launched by APN in 2003, with the aim to increase the national green cover and reverse the effects of rapid urban sprawl that has resulted in high rates of desertification. The Green Caravan primarily targets vulnerable small-holder farmers across Jordan who are at the core of the Jordanian food basket, but have fallen victim to poor economic and political conditions and a neglected agricultural sector. It seeks to reinvigorate the farming culture in Jordan, and revive the connection of local communities with their land, particularly in an effort to prevent selling off or losing fertile agricultural land to larger institutions.

The programme has several objectives, including:

-          Improving food security through planting fruit trees that are climatically suitable for the area where they are planted;

-          Combating desertification as a means of climate change mitigation;

-          Providing and additional and sustainable source of income for farmers to combat poverty and unemployment, particularly in underprivileged areas across the country;

-          Raising awareness about the importance of planting trees and maintaining them as a symbol of cultural wealth for future generations;

-          Encouraging students to participate in voluntary planting and environmental protection activities;

-          Providing an outlet for volunteers and local communities.

The Green Caravan programme focuses on several essential pillars:

-       Strong partnerships between civil society and both public and private sectors. For every targeted area, a small committee is formed to oversee planning and decision making, whereby local communities are given complete priority to voice their opinions and their needs.

-       Resource management in an effort to use available resources sustainably, the programme only selects trees that are suitable for the area where they will be planted, ensures there is an accessible source of water and a form of protective fencing around the plot of land. This guarantees the survival of the trees and the continuance of the programme.

-       Social justice by targeting small holder farmers who are often neglected by the agricultural system that favors large agri-businesses

-       Promoting environmental, economic and social linkages by planting fruit trees that have high economic and nutritional value

-       Reviving traditional agricultural techniques such that The Green Caravan has also pushed to revitalize the concept of ‘Hakoura’; a homestead garden that is emblematic to the traditional culture of farming and land. By helping families plant fruit trees in their homestead gardens, the Green Caravan aims to improve self-sufficiency at the family level, and at the country level

The programme has collaborated and has been sponsored by several companies, banks and individuals to execute the following projects:

2017

1.      Planting 6,200 fruit trees in 620 houses in Bayouda-Al Salt, sponsored by APN. The project was spread over 4 weeks with the help of over 500 volunteers, and was carried out with the help of the Institute of Creativity – Balqaa and Nashmiyat Bayouda: http://bit.ly/2qbtIam ,  http://bit.ly/2qbfKFx,  http://bit.ly/2qiDPXz ,  http://bit.ly/2ozHZO9

2.      Planting 450 citrus trees on the banks of the Jordan River sponsored by Zain and with the help of 750 volunteers from the Youth Committee at the Jordanian Engineers Association: http://bit.ly/2nviZmm  

3.      Planting 350 fruit trees donated by the newlyweds Fares Ghandour and Dina Shaban in the Kraima area of Deir Allah. 75 volunteers from the “Lend a Hand” camp helped with the planting: http://bit.ly/2q9zGFX

4.      Planting 300 trees (lemon and passion fruit) sponsored by ABC in Deir Allah and in collaboration with the Ahliya for Agriculture: http://bit.ly/2oM8dZ8

5.      Planting 200 lemon trees sponsored by STS (Specialized Technical Services) in the Ruwaiha area of Deir Allah and in collaboration with the Directorate of Agriculture in the Jordan Valley, Ahliya for Agriculture and students from the Hashemite University: http://bit.ly/2ppeZI1

6.      Planting 150 fruit trees sponsored by the newlyweds Fares Ghandour and Dina Shaban in the Um Al Namil Valley in Irbid, with the help of people with disabilities and in collaboration with the Masar Initiative: http://bit.ly/2pCvIsp

7.      Planting 150 lemon trees in the Darar Bin Al Azwar area of Deir Allah with the help of the ‘Murabito Al Quds’ team based in Zarqa: http://bit.ly/2mXcwRh

 

2016

1.      Planting 1,350 pomegranate trees sponsored by Zain in the Al Maadi are of Deir Alla and with the help of over 100 volunteers from employees at Zain and students from the Ibn Rushd School: http://bit.ly/2jub62v

2.      Planting 1,000 olive trees sponsored by Umniah in the Wadi Al Qatar area in Marka and with the help of over 70 volunteers from employees at Umniah: http://bit.ly/2ejyihY

3.      Distributing 400 fruit trees to every student at the Bayouda Preparatory School under the “One Tree for Every Child” campaign and in collaboration with the Institute of Creativity – Balqaa: http://bit.ly/2plve6T

4.      Planting 700 citrus trees in the Northern Jordan Valley sponsored by Rehabilitation and Care Association and in collaboration with the Agricultural Workers Union and the Youth for Jerusalem Association: http://bit.ly/2ienwtr

5.      Planting 650 lemon trees in the Abu Obeida area of Deir Alla, sponsored by the Integrated Technology Group (ITG) and in collaboration with the Raje’ Association and students from the Engineering Department at the Jordan University. The trees were planted with the help of over 100 volunteers of all ages from the Nasr Camp: http://bit.ly/2ia13Ok

6.      Planting 660 trees (a variety of citrus, grape and custard apple) in the Northern Jordan Valley, donated by the newlyweds Fares Ghandour and Dina Shaban and the Rehabilitation and Care Association: http://bit.ly/2hN7LHd

7.      Planting 300 orange trees in Abu Obeida – Deir Alla donated by the Integrated Technology Group (ITG) and in commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba. The activity was held in collaboration with Raje Association, the Intima’ Campaign and children from the Al Hussein Refugee Camp http://bit.ly/2oMzhYc

8.      Planting 500 trees in the Karima area of the Central Jordan Valley, right on the banks of the Jordan River. The trees were donated by the newlyweds Fares Ghandour and Dina Shaban http://bit.ly/2jpXOzP

9.      Planting 500 lemon trees in Abu Obeida – Deir Alla, donated by Al Ahli Bank http://bit.ly/2j0foxG

10.  Planting 500 lemon trees in the Darar Bin Al Azwar area of Deir Alla, sponsored by the newlyweds Fares Ghandour and Dina Shaban, and the Bank of Jordan: http://bit.ly/2j09hcx

11.  Planting 500 olive trees donated by the Integrated Technology Group (ITG) in the Wadi Al Qatar region with the help of 50 volunteers from Wardatona Al Quds as part of their “Blessing and Olives” initiative, in addition to volunteers from the Redwan Scouting Group and 50 orphans from the orphanage at the Gaza Refugee Camp in Jerash http://bit.ly/2d5trz5

12.  Planting 200 lemon, orange, guava and olive trees in the Abu Obeida area of Deir Alla, sponsored by Capital Bank and in collaboration with the Absher initiative and the “Zidni Karaman Ala Karam” Society: http://bit.ly/2fzuVCW

13.  Planting 250 lemon trees in the Abu Obeida area of Deir Alla, sponsored by the Bank of Jordan and with the help of 50 volunteers from the “Make a Change” initiative: http://bit.ly/2ppiPBg

14.  Planting 500 lemon trees and donating Syrian sheep to an underprivileged family in the Ghor Al Safi area of the Southern Jordan Valley, sponsored by Fares Ghandour and Dina Shaban: http://bit.ly/2iekghG

15.  Planting 200 loquat trees in the Abu Obeida area of Deir Alla, sponsored by ABC and with the help of the “Be Positive” initiative and 20 children from the Al Araek Center for the Care and Support of Orphans and Poor Families: http://bit.ly/2qbc5HD

16.  Awarding students from the Environment Club at the Al Numeira Environmental Association near the Dead Sea by distributing 100 pomegranate, clementine, guava, lemon and pomelo trees to the students to plant in their homes. 130 fruit trees were plat at the Omar bin al Khattab mosque with the help of volunteers from the Masar Initiative and donated by the Integrated Technology Group (ITG) : http://bit.ly/2dcs4NP

17.  Donating sheep to farmers in Al Salt and Ghor Al Haditha and constructing grape trellises for poor farmers in the Northern Jordan Valley http://bit.ly/2dnOYEB

18.  Planting 150 apricot, peach, cherry, lemon and almond tree donated by the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank in the Wadi Al Rayyan area of the Northern Jordan Valley. The trees were planted with the help of people with disability and in collaboration with the Masar Initiative http://bit.ly/2cZClwP

19.  The Green Caravan and the Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank plant trees in Ghamadan http://bit.ly/2dvzafK

20.  In an effort to achieve food security, a variety of lemon, fig, pomegranate, pomelo and grape trees were donated by the Integrated Technology Group (ITG) and planted in Ghor Al Haditha and Ghor Al Mazraah with the help of the Masar Initiative and students from the Hikmat Abu Khalaf Center and the Al Numeira Environmental Association http://bit.ly/2qrQ5IA

21.  APN and students from the National Orthodox School plant olive trees in Wadi Al Qatar http://bit.ly/2do4sET

22.  APN and Abu Khader Automotive plant trees on Independence Day http://bit.ly/2d5u1N8

2015

1.      Planting 1,000 olive trees under the “1,000 Olive Trees” campaign in the Dhlail governorate with the International Proficiency Academy http://on.fb.me/1HlCSjC

2.      Planting 200 olive trees in the Wadi Al Qatar landfill, donated by Deloitte http://bit.ly/2djkOyB

3.      Planting 300 carob trees in I’ra and Yirka – Al Salt, donated by the Bank of Jordan http://bit.ly/2d2kUz1

4.      Planting 300 pomegranate trees for a farmer in Deir Alla, in collaboration with Al Hanouna Society for Popular Culture http://on.fb.me/1Pz52vS ، http://on.fb.me/1hooX5z

5.      Planting 300 grape trees for a farmer in Ajloun, donated by BCI http://bit.ly/2cNeSlY

6.      Supporting farmers in Bayouda – Al Salt by joining the spring harvest of wheat and barley and donating 300 trees to improve food security in the area  http://bit.ly/2cHbu9j

7.      Planting 500 forest trees in Bleila – Jerash, donated by the Bank of Jordan http://bit.ly/2dlIWUu

8.      Launching an initiative to plant household gardens in the underprivileged Ghor Al Mazraah area by planting 150 pomegranate, guava, fig, pomelo and lemon trees http://bit.ly/2cRxtYQ

2014

1.      Distributing olive trees for every family at the Al Baq’ah Secondary School for Girls and planting them at the school http://bit.ly/2pTDafo

2.      In an effort to improve food security, 500 olive trees donated by Standard Chartered Bank were planted in the Khalid Bin Al Walid area by the bank’s employees and in collaboration with the Greater Amman Municipality http://bit.ly/2rq9KpB

3.      Planting 1,000 fruit trees donated by Aramex in Madaba under the “Let Us Plant Madaba” initiative, whereby several areas within Madaba (The Mosque of Jesus, The Hanina Church, Saint George’s Church, The Red Cross, a retirement home, four schools (Abu Obeida School, Al Rashad School, Khawla School and Madaba High School) as well as several highways in the governorate and the Ahmad Qatteish park) http://bit.ly/2pKN7iX

4.      Planting 450 olive, grape peach, apricot, pear, and green apple trees donated by BCI in Dhlail/Al Halabat municipality. The trees were planted by APN volunteers and students from the Al Manhal School along with their mothers and in collaboration with International Poultry Co. and Amman National School. The garden was named the Garden of Dignity http://bit.ly/2qs6mx7

Previous years

1.      Planting four remote schools in the Dhlail area in 2013 http://bit.ly/2pW6Do1

2.      Constructing the Green Garden in Tafilah and planting trees for farmers affected by the 2012 frost

3.      Planting the Karama Forest in the Samakiya village in Karak, in collaboration with Tikiyet Um Ali in 2011

4.      Launching a cleaning campaign and planting the Zahara’ Garden in Rseifeh in collaboration with the Greater Amman Municipality and the Jordan University in 2010

5.      Planting trees in the Birein and Kimsha schools in Jerash in 2010

6.      Carrying out agricultural activities in several schools during 2008-2009

a.       Al Halabat Secondary School

b.      Prince Abdullah bin Hussein School – Dhlail

c.       Abu Ayoub Al Ansari School – Dhlail

d.      Al Eskan Al Hashimieh Elementary School for Girls

e.       Um Rumana Elementary School for Girls

f.       Al Alouk Secondary School for Boys

7.      Carrying out agricultural activities in Rawkiya and Thuhrat Al Ramel in Deir Alla in 2004