“Conservation of Historical Olive Trees in Ajloun Governorate”
“Conservation of Historical Olive Trees in Ajloun Governorate”
‘Anjara Women Cooperative will implement the “Conservation of Historical Olive Trees in Ajloun Governorate”. Olive trees are among the oldest known trees in Jordan. They go back in history to the Roman times, as is evident through the ancient olive pressers scattered in the different parts of the country. Throughout history, olive trees have been the most adaptable tree species to Jordan’s environment, soil and climate. This is well manifested in the large numbers of old olive trees and their outstanding resistance to pests and diseases. Although new and different species of olive trees were introduced to Jordan along the past years, indigenous species still prove to be more resistant and adaptable. However, those trees, especially in Ajloun governorate, are currently facing threats of extinction, with many factors leading to decreasing their numbers, including neglect, cutting down for sale as decorative garden plants, or to be replaced by other types of trees. Losing historical or “Roman” olive trees, as referred to by the community, is not just losing the origins of an indigenous old tree but is also a loss of history and heritage. Through the project, the ‘Anjara Women Cooperative will undertake activities that would protect the trees in question, in cooperation with the Agro-biodiversity Project implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture/ National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer. Providing extension services and materials needed to care for the trees, conducting local and national awareness campaigns and efforts to enforce the laws to protect old olive trees are the focus of this project.
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Project Snapshot

'Anjara Women Cooperative
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 43,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 23,164.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 7,628.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Procedures to be taken to protect olive trees and improve their productivity would impact the economic conditions of the concerned farmers as well as the environmental condition through reducing the use of pesticides since these species are more resistant to pests and climate conditions.
Notable Community Participation
The Cooperative is a community-based organization, with interests representing those of the local community. The selection criteria prepared will insure the participation of local community in ‘Anjara as well as other surrounding areas.
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Agrobiodiversity Project-Ministry of Agriculture

Grantee Contact



'Anjara Town- Ajloun Governorate
Anjara , north region ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Anas Abdel Raouf Khasawneh
00962/6/5100420 Ext: 246


UNDP Jordan/ shmeisani, Ishaq Al Edwan street/ P.O.Box 941631
Amman, Arab States, 11183