Harvesting grain on a slope in the Irbid area. In the background, land contoured to combat soil erosion. - - Rain-Fed Agriculture in Jordan. In 1976 the Government of Jordan asked the UN/Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to send a mission under its Technica1 Cooperation Programme (TCP) to help prepare an investment-oriented project for submission to an appropriate financing agency to fund a rain-fed agricultura1 project in the northeastern part of the country. The aim is to increase agricultural production, in line with Jordan's Five-Year Plan. The mission visited Jordan in October and November 1976 and after one month presented a study proposing estab1ishment of the project in the Irbid sub-district and in part of the Ramta sub-district. The area, one of the best rain-fed areas in the country, encompasses 39 vil1ages and a1most 42,000 ha of land. The mission's report emphasized the need to increase agricultural production, particularly cereals, and to introduce improved methods to combat soil erosion, much of it due to the introduction of mechanised farming.