Three Lebanese regions, one development goal
General Objective: Advance the socio-economic conditions of the targeted communities and beneficiaries by supporting the agricultural and food processing sectors.
1. Direct support of agricultural infrastructure in two Lebanese regions with a focus on efficient and judicious use of water resources
2. Upgrading the value-chain of agricultural produces in the Ramlieh/Aley region
Ainata (Baalback –Hermel), Ramlieh (Aley), Kfarchouba (Hasbaya)
Description of the action
In response to the AFKAR 3 priorities and building upon AFDC and Souk el Tayeb’s knowledge of rural areas and their development needs, the project idea was developed. The project targets three Lebanese regions or clusters that were chosen because although they share similar needs, each one represents a different challenge with a different set of priorities. The main target of the project is to advance the socio-economic conditions of the targeted communities and beneficiaries to achieve the following priorities:
1. Direct support of agricultural infrastructure in two Lebanese regions (Ainata/Baalback-Hermel and Kfarchouba-Hasbaya) with a focus on efficient and judicious use of water resources
2. Upgrading the value-chain of agricultural produces in the Ramlieh/Aley region through the transformation of specific crops into processed goods.
Prior to establishing these priorities, contacts were made in the three different areas to determine some of their development priorities and subsequently integrate these priorities in the project work plan.
In each cluster, the project will cooperate with key stakeholders. The main stakeholder groups include agricultural cooperatives, farmers, women and municipalities. The cooperatives were already contacted and expressed their interest in the project idea and willingness to help making it a success story.
The main activities that the project intends to accomplish differ between the clusters.
Ainata/Deir el Ahmar-North Bekaa: direct support will be given the local community, specifically farmers by upgrading their agricultural performance in general and their irrigation practices in specific to reduce the pressure on the finite artesian wells resources. A 2000 meters pipeline will be constructed, through which more than 30 farmers can benefit. Agricultural lands are excpected to increas upon accomplishing this project.
Kfarchouba-Hasbaya: helping local farmers to re-use part of their prime agricultural lands that were abandoned during the prolonged years of armed conflict. A specific number of farmers will be provided with high quality fruit crop seedlings to replant their lands; additionally these orchards will be fenced to prevent grazing damages and trespassing. Moreover, farmers will be provided with water tanks to store water coming from small springs fed by snow and rainwater.
In both of these clusters, the project will improve the livelihoods of beneficiaries, reduce irrigation costs, allow the re-use of abandoned agricultural lands and optimize the use of water resources.
Ramlieh/Aley: To add value to agricultural produces, notably fruit crops, and to avoid losing a sizeable portion of yield, a processing facility with the needed equipments will be set-up in the village, noting that the venue able to house the equipments is already available. The farmers and women who will operate the facility will receive appropriate training.
Eventually, the project will improve the livelihoods of the beneficiaries and open-up market for traditional Lebanese manufactured goods. In the future, the agricultural products from Ainata and Kfarchouba can be shipped to Ramlieh and processed into high value goods.
A common goal set for all these clusters is to enhance the ecological footprint of agricultural by educating farmers on water use optimization and reducing chemical inputs such as pesticides.
The project will be implemented in a timeframe of two years taking the Ramlieh component as the reference as it will take more time to establish the processing facility and be able to manufacture the products.
Funding Agency: EU trough AFKAR 3 Programm