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2019

DIVERSITY AND COHESION GIVE HOPE (LEBANON)

Liban

Titre : DIVERSITY AND COHESION GIVE HOPE (LEBANON)

Pays  : Liban

Date/Durée : Jul 2019 – Dec 2022

Projet ID : LBN 1002-19

Contexte
No country has taken in more Syrian refugees in proportion to its population than Lebanon. Nearly one million registered refugees from Syria find protection here. Yet the country is on the verge of economic collapse. Rapidly rising inflation is compounded by the effects of the Corona pandemic. Large parts of the local population are no longer able to secure their livelihoods, the situation of the refugees is also deteriorating and social tensions are increasing. A Welthungerhilfe agricultural project in the Bequaa Valley is counteracting this, strengthening local markets and creating livelihoods.
As if under a burning glass, Lebanon’s major problems are evident in Bequaa, Lebanon’s most important region for agriculture. A civil war and subsequent crises have severely set back the agricultural sector. Around 40 percent of agricultural workers live in poverty ; they are worse off than any other occupational group. But since thousands of families fled here from Syria, the pressure on resources and jobs has increased many times over. Baalbek-Hermel is the name of the administrative district in which the fertile valley lies.

Description
However, everything is lacking here to exploit the region’s potential. Farms are too small to generate sufficient profits, and there is neither information about effective agriculture nor financing options for investments. Yet it would be so important to grow more food, because to meet all demand, Lebanon must import up to 80 percent of its needs. A Welthungerhilfe project with the Lebanese organization LOST, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, is working to counter this. It aims to improve opportunities and living conditions for Lebanese and Syrian communities, increase agricultural profitability and reduce social tensions.
Lebanese and Syrian farmers are trained in efficient and profitable farming techniques. They learn about new products and are encouraged to increase the diversity of their varieties so that they can cultivate the fields all year round, harvest more and of higher quality, and thus reliably generate better incomes.

Activités
* Lebanese and Syrian farmers receive training in efficient and profitable cultivation techniques. * New products ensure diversity of varieties and thus more reliable harvests. * Farmer cooperatives enable competitiveness.* Improving social cohesion and psychological well-being in target communities.* Agricultural training for Lebanese and Syrian youth.

Bénéficiaires : A total of 12,500 people will directly benefit from the project.

Project Budget 2021 : 1.592.070 €
Overall project budget : 4.322.000 €

Présentation : Welthungerhilfe

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