FAO in Lebanon

FAO in Lebanon and the Ministry of Agriculture sign an agreement to boost the production of wheat in the country

04/11/2022

Lebanon relies on food imports and specifically wheat to cover 80 percent of its food needs. However, the total volume of these imports is decreasing due to the declining availability of foreign currencies and removal of subsidies on food and fuel. Prices of basic commodities continue to increase amidst persisting inflation.In addition, the conflict in Ukraine and the consequent global crisis on cereals’ exports have had an additional negative effect on Lebanon’s wheat imports.

 Being affected by the rapidly deteriorating situation in the country since 2019, Lebanese farmers moved to a “low input” farming system and became most vulnerable as they have very limited access to liquidity enabling them to sustain their productive capacity.

In light of all these challenges, FAO Lebanon responded to the urgent request of the Ministry of Agriculture to support the provision of wheat seeds. FAO Representative in Lebanon, Nora Ourabah Haddad signed an agreement with Minister of Agriculture Abbas HajjHassan on Wednesday November 3rd, 2022 aiming at providing high quality certified wheat seeds as well as technical support to farmers to improve their agricultural practices.

Also, the project will strengthen the capacities of the existing multiplication seed center of Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) through the rehabilitation of its equipment and premises to sustain local seeds production.

“This important initiative will contribute to achieve food security, reduced poverty and enhance social cohesion”, said FAO Representative in Lebanon.