Representatives of Operation Mercy's AC4D team and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) met on December 20 at the GIZ field office at the Kafrein Dam and discussed details of a joint training regime to build technical and institutional capacity in the 16 contracted Water User Associations (WUA) in the Jordan Valley.
It has been decided that the first joint training will be for the Chairmen and staff of all of the WUA and will take place during the summer of 2013. The goal of this first training is to enhance WUA staff capacity to effectively mediate between the Jordan Valley Authority and smallholder farmers as well as to mediate disputes within their own districts. This training will allow Operation Mercy staff to build working relationships with representatives from every WUA in the Jordan Valley and get a stronger sense of their needs and preferences for the coming technical trainings within each district.
Operation Mercy is honored to begin work with GIZ toward the mutual goals of a more productive, profitable and sustainable future for all members of the farming community in the Jordan Valley.