In an effort to drive sustainable recovery from the impacts of the pandemic, Madaba municipality in Jordan has succeeded in attracting technical and financial support to establish business incubators that will accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial activities in sustainable agriculture.
The establishment of the business incubators serve as a pioneer experiment for a new model of productive eco-business park that will drive economic recovery while contributing to the local sustainable development goals of Madaba in the fields of agriculture, environment, and clean energy.
Tourism and agriculture are Madaba’s main economic sectors. The pandemic coupled with the water shortage crisis have exacerbated existing challenges in the municipality resulting in its ranking as the second highest in unemployment rates in Jordan. In an effort to address this challenging situation, Madaba has succeeded to mobilising the support from the UNICEF-funded Azem Project to implement a pioneer eco-business park. The municipality has partnered with the non-profit organisation ‘Keys for Sustainable Development’, which supports entrepreneurs and fresh graduates through capacity building and job creation.
The project aligns with the municipality’s local development strategy in terms of capitalizing on Madaba’s competitive advantage in agriculture. Other objectives include:
This pioneer model of productive eco-business park is replicable, entailing that the model can be domesticated in other areas and municipalities. Ensuring the sustainable impacts of this project requires multiple-level endorsement by the government and municipality as well as the partnership of competent organisations to mobilise the necessary technical know-how. In Madaba municipality, the project was well integrated in the municipal plan for local economic development in the sustainable agriculture sector.
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