Rangeland Cooperatives Project

1- Background and Justification

Implementation of the CAP will require the work through Rangeland Cooperatives rather than the work with individuals. This will facilitate the communication among stakeholders and will help the PMU-BRP to mobilize local communities around the objectives and activities of the BRP. Therefore, this project aims to organize the herders of Jordan Badia under the cooperative umbrella to facilitate the dialogue on rangeland related issues with local communities. The Rangeland Cooperatives are also seen as a channel for delivering future incentives (e.g. barley grains, improved sheep, veterinary services…etc). This will strengthen the roles of Cooperatives and will play an important role in developing master plan for initiation of income generating activities for members and for the benefit larger numbers of community. At present, the number of cooperatives inside the Badia is about 89 with uneven distribution among the different parts of the area, as shown in the below figure. 

 Distribution of Cooperatives inside the Badia.

Some of these cooperatives are inactive and lack clear plans. Therefore, the MoEnv signed with Jordan Cooperative Corporation (JCC) the agreement “Establishment and Maintenance of Stockowners Cooperatives in Jordan Badia” in November 2013 to activate and strengthen these cooperatives and to establish new ones.  The planned activities of the agreement are:

  1. Developing and implementing an awareness program to advocate for joining the rangeland cooperatives.
  2. Collection and synthesis of relevant data and information related to stockowners and the status of rangelands.
  3. Registering the newly established rangeland cooperatives according to acting laws in the country
  4. Identifying technical needs (tools and equipment) for the sustainability of the rangeland cooperatives.

2- Achieved Activities/Outputs

Activity 1: Awareness program for herders

Posters (1000 copies) and extension bulletins (2000 copies) were prepared and distributed among the Badia herders through Field Crew Unit (FCU) and the project Technical Committee.

Activity 2: Collection of information on stockowners

Booth of the MoA/National Program for Numbering Livestock and the PMU-BRP have updated database on livestock population in the whole country.

Activity 3: Establishment of rangeland cooperatives

This activity is the heart of the project.  A total of 16 cooperatives were established (9 in Southern Badia, 3 in Middle Badia, and 4 in Northern Badia). Around 14 of the established cooperatives were registered officially. 

Activity 4: Identifying needs of cooperatives

The technical committee of the JCC project met the members of newly established cooperatives and listed their needs which can be grouped into 4 categories:

  • Projects for production of irrigated forage crops
  • Income generating projects
  • Enhancing veterinary services
  • Construction of buildings, provision of water tanks, pickups, trucks (this category was rejected by the project).      
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