Poultry Farmer Field School in Lebanon

Poultry Farmer Field School in Lebanon
Apr 2016

Context

The large influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon (an estimated 1.5 million) constitutes a major challenge across all sectors. The impact on the agriculture sector is particularly worrying, as this is the main source of income and livelihoods for a large proportion of the population – notably for the poorest and most vulnerable hosting communities in rural areas. The poultry subsector represents a major economic activity, employing at least 30 000 people. Through the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the financial support of the United Kingdom, developed semi-intensive egg production for communities hosting Syrian refugees.

Challenge

The massive influx of Syrian refugees has created a substantial increase in the demand for food, including affordable sources of protein such as eggs. This further deteriorated the food security status across Lebanon which, coupled with shrinking economic opportunities, more expensive goods and services, and rising insecurity, has put a strain on vulnerable Lebanese households and challenged their capacities to meet the most basic food needs.