Income & Food Boosts From Fish-Farming in Jordan

by Near East Foundation (NEF) Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


We will expand fish-farming and train poor Jordan Valley farmers wise water management and crop diversity to increase incomes, nutrition, and food security for 5 to 7 member families and day laborers.

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In this very poor area, one of the 10 most water-deprived in the world, farm families can increase incomes 10% to 15% each year by raising fish in ponds on their farms. The fish provide protein-rich food for families and neighbors and also can be sold. The fertilizer-rich pond water, in turn, can irrigate crops twice weekly. This project was a success for 20 years, but funding is no longer available. It could expand and benefit thousands more in the Jordan Valley's central and northern regions.


Provide equipment, fingerlings, feed, technical, marketing & distribution assistance for 10 fish farms for a complete cycle of 9-months. Fills income gap between agricultural growing seasons with sustainable income.

Long-Term Impact

Begun in 1986 and successfully expanded since, fish farming could go national in Jordan. Diverse fish species, from tilapia to carp and mullet, can be farmed and marketed in large cities other than Amman.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Fish Farming in Jordan--A Success Story
Fascination with Fish Farming
2005 Annual Report Jordan
2004 Annual Report Jordan

Organization Information

Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
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Project Leader:
Roger Hardister
Regional Director, Near East Foundation
Garden City, Cairo, Egypt Egypt

Funded Project!

Thanks to 4 donors like you, a total of $310 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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