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FAO in Lebanon

Lebanon joined FAO in 1945 and cooperation was further strengthened in 1977 with the establishment of an FAO country office in Beirut. Over the years, assistance has focused on the promotion of sustainable development of the agriculture sector, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and other relevant ministries. More recently, FAO has been supporting the coordination and planning mechanism for humanitarian assistance to Lebanon in the context of the Syria crisis.

FAO support has been focusing on rural development, resilience and sustainable natural resource management as follows:

1- Promoting rural development and poverty alleviation. Activities include support to agricultural production systems in order to overcome agricultural constraints, boosting investment in agriculture and assisting small-scale and poor farmers in their efforts to reduce production costs, increase quality and overcome post-harvest barriers.Strengthening agricultural cooperatives and farmers associations is another key component.

2- Enhancing the resilience of communities hosting Syrian refugees. Investments in agriculture and agri-food value chains are being promoted with a view to generating employment and other livelihood opportunities, particularly in the main agricultural regions where the majority of host communities are located.

3- Promoting sustainable management of natural resources. Activities include the application of climate-smart agricultural technologies, including efficient irrigation techniques; good agricultural practices and support to long-term reforestation efforts, for example the Government’s ”40 Million trees Programme’’.