Baseline Information and Livelihood Characterization of Badia Benchmark Water Harvesting in Jordan
Samia Akroush, Kamel Shideed. (3/4/2008). Baseline Information and Livelihood Characterization of Badia Benchmark Water Harvesting in Jordan. Aleppo, Syria: National Agricultural Research Center (National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension) (NARC (NCARE)).
The project aims to improve the productivity of degraded rangelands through efficient utilization of limited rainfall. Nearly 48% of farmers in the Muhareb community own flocks, with an average flock size of about 159 head. About 52% of farmers in Um Al Naám own flocks, with an average of 125 head; about 63% of farmers in Muhareb community own a small flock (average 28 head), or a medium flock size (30%, average 293 head), or a large flock (7%, average 751 head. However, about 72% of farmers in Um Al Naám own a small flock, with an average flock size of 36 head. A medium- sized flock is owned by 26% of farmers, with an average flock size of 256 head. Only 1% of farmers own large flocks, with an average flock size of 1540 head. Farmers who cultivate larger areas own larger flocks, although this only occurs on a small proportion of the farms (4.7%). Over 67% of farmers in the selected communities own small flocks, and 28% own medium sized flocks. There is a positive relationship between flock size and area cultivated.