Aloe Vera, a crop to revive the economy of Karak, Jordan

Title Network for sustainable development and productive and commercial innovation of Aloe Vera farmers- Jordan

Location Distric of Karak, Giordania

Leader of the project Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II

Partner Wild Jordan

Context

To cope with the decrease in agricultural work opportunities in some parts of Jordan, Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II started a project that launched a project to spread different pilot crops of products in various areas of the country. In the Karak District, where there is a strong tradition of farming techniques, the Fondazione chose to plant the Aloe Vera. Although it isn’t a traditional crop or even plant in the area, Aloe Vera represents an interesting opportunity as it opens a new national and international market for its derivative products in the food and cosmetic sectors.

General Objective

From a commercial and economic point of view, Aloe Vera is a strategic production chain for the economic revitalization of the territory. In particular, the three-year program that is about to start, together with the farmers of the Karak district, will establish on-site a certified quality production system of the Aloe Vera crop and  equip a little structure for processing the plant for the production of gel and powder. Both of these products will be sold in the local and international market.

What have done?

ARCO’s Sustainable Food and Commodities Unit is supporting the definition of the optimal layout of the productive building areas according to international standards ( in food and cosmetic sectors), they will also define and implement a Protocol of Good Practice of Production to obtain gels and juices from Aloe. The Unit will also supervise the chemical characterization analyses of samples of Aloe and will track productions and markets (at local and international level) in relation to the quality.

Summing up, ARCO Reasearch Centre aims at defining a strategy to establish high quality standardized productive systems that will be able to offer new perspective to all local farmers involved in the supply chain and to their families.

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