The Jordan Biochar Research Initiative (JBRI) was initiated in Jordan on 2014 by Dr. Osama Mohawesh at Mutah University, with “Support Research and Technological Development and Innovation initiatives and Strategies in Jordan” funding from the European Union (EU-SRTDII). A number of researchers with related expertise have joined the research efforts of JBRI, which is aimed primarily at improving our understanding of how biochar functions in modern agricultural systems. We see an intensive and broad-based scientific program as providing essential background and knowledge in advance of advocating the large-scale use of biochar in soil.
Sustainable agriculture and water productivity in Jordan need enhancement by integration of innovative methods, knowledge, and extension that allow stakeholders and farmers to evaluate the feasibility of new, user-friendly, and cost-effective technologies. The main objective is to start a research program that aimed to implement biochar use in agriculture to evaluate the benefits of biochar as a soil amendment to enhance nutrient and water use efficiency for different cropping systems in Jordan, and demonstration activities related to the use of biochar as a possible strategy to improving crop yield and reduce economic and health vulnerability to climate change.
The specific objectives of JBRI are:
Currently running funded projects
Dr. Osama Mohawesh, Group leader
Associate Professor of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
Department of Plant Production, Faculty of Agriculture
Mutah University, P.O. Box: 7, Karak, Jordan
Tel. 00962-3-2372380 Ext 4945/4950