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Jordan: In search of new benefi t-sharing practices through participatory plant breeding
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Supporting agricultural development Of Jordan’s 8.93 million hectares, only 7.8% is arable land. However, the agricultural sector plays an important role through its contribution to national income and employment. Agriculture contributes 7.5% to gross national product, and about 22% of Jordan’s population (estimated at 5,835,500) make a living from agriculture.