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LEBANON: Hardships Shift Focus to Exports

LEBANON: Hardships Shift Focus to Exports | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

A devaluing local currency coupled with the scarcity of hard currencies has made production more expensive. Producers are turning to exports as a solution.

Lebanese olive oil pro­duc­tion is expected to reach 26,000 tons in the 2020/21 crop year, accord­ing to the lat­est data from the International Olive Council.
While this fig­ure is not too much higher than the rolling five-year aver­age (23,500 tons), a shift is begin­ning to take place in the sec­tor.

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FAO Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series

FAO Water-Energy-Food Nexus Webinar series | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

This FAO series — organized in collaboration with SEI and KTH Royal Institute of Technology — introduces nexus concepts and gives examples of current efforts and best practices in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region and beyond.

Session 1: Understanding the nexus and nexus challenges: examples from the NENA region

Session 2: Tools and Methods to find Nexus Solutions: Examples from Morocco and Jordan

Session 3: A Water-Energy-Food Nexus approach for evaluating the sustainability of the Mediterranean Diet: The Case of Lebanon

Session 4: The WEF Nexus on the ground: practical applications from the Maghreb and West Africa

Session 5: Selected experiences with WEF Nexus decision-making: applications in Jordan and Morocco

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Lebanon: 'Money is worth nothing now': how Lebanon is finding a future in farming 

Lebanon: 'Money is worth nothing now': how Lebanon is finding a future in farming  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

With food in short supply and prices rocketing, a wave of new farmers are growing produce on roofs, balconies and beyond.

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic and the devastating explosion in Beirut on 4 August, Lebanon was already deep in economic crisis. For many, farming is emerging as a solution.

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Devaluation gardens - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger in Lebanon by growing their own crops

Devaluation gardens - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger in Lebanon by growing their own crops | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The covid-19 pandemic has brought no end of comparisons to Spanish flu, which raced around the globe in 1918. For Lebanon, though, that decade’s defining event was not flu but famine: years of hunger that killed half the population during the first world war. History feels newly relevant as the country tips into depression and food prices soar. Trapped at home these past months, often in their ancestral villages, some Lebanese have tried their hand at growing their own food. On a rooftop in Beirut, tomato vines crawl towards the sky. 

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In Lebanon, a Pandemic of Hunger - The New York Times

In Lebanon, a Pandemic of Hunger - The New York Times | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Anger over a failing economy and unaffordable food has pushed protesters into the streets despite the coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, it seemed every conversation in Lebanon was about keeping safe from the virus. The bustling streets of Beirut were quiet; everyone wore masks and gloves and glared at anyone who coughed in public. The smell of hand sanitizers filled elevators.

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Along the road in the Bekaa Valley

Along the road in the Bekaa Valley | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The waste and open plains of Lebanon’s Bekaa valley differ markedly from the country’s busy and humid coastline, or the mountains where tiny villages neighbour over-developed towns. Here in the Bekaa, many still live off of agriculture. The late-summer colours are deep and vary from reddish-orange and soft brown to different shades of green. Open fields intersect and form graphical patterns: potato plants sit next to grapevines and rows of tiny trees, heavy with apples. The Bekaa is the country’s breadbasket, and home to generations of Lebanese farmers.

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For the Love of Thyme: The Man Who Cultivates Lebanon’s Wild Herb on

Mohammad Ali Neimeh's — better known as Abu Kassem — life revolves around Za’atar, Lebanon wild thyme plant. During the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon, he needed to change the way thyme was grown, out of fear he would be shot or shelled trying to get to his plants in the wild. The changes that he implemented have seen huge changes in the way that thyme is now grown in Lebanon. This is his story.

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LEBANON's domestic agricultural production is faltering

LEBANON's domestic agricultural production is faltering | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

SULTAN YAQOUB, Western Bekaa — In a shed on Najib Fares’ farm in the Western Bekaa, next to a broken-down tractor, sacks of unsold wheat from June’s harvest are piled up on pallets, a visible reminder of the collapse of some of the key systems set up to support local farmers and maintain the country’s food security.

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LEBANON: Food Insecurity and the Path Toward Agricultural Reform 

LEBANON: Food Insecurity and the Path Toward Agricultural Reform  | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

One hundred years after its creation, Lebanon is invited to rethink its economic model in the context of a profound internal crisis and regional turmoil. The collapse of its financial and banking sectors, paired with the domination of a corrupt and incompetent political elite, has led the country to the verge of becoming a failed state in which people cannot access food and basic services. Within this overall environment, rethinking agriculture is a key element in building a sustainable economic model that reduces geographical inequalities and ensures food security.

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A Lebanese farmer’s tale: Amid coronavirus, struggles to import supplies, prices rise

A Lebanese farmer’s tale: Amid coronavirus, struggles to import supplies, prices rise | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

The Lebanese agriculture and food production industry has come under multiple threats, and the coronavirus-spurred economic contraction has exacerbated the hit already laid upon the sector by the ongoing currency crisis. Experts warn that compounding issues in the country could lead to production decreases and further price increases in the coming months.
Food prices in the country are already on the rise as inflation has begun to soar and the local currency has lost half its value against the dollar.

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Lebanon - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger by growing their own crops

Lebanon - Hobbyists hope to halt hunger by growing their own crops | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
The covid-19 pandemic has brought no end of comparisons to Spanish flu, which raced around the globe in 1918. For Lebanon, though, that decade’s defining event was not flu but famine: years of hunger that killed half the population during the first world war. History feels newly relevant as the country tips into depression and food prices soar. Trapped at home these past months, often in their ancestral villages, some Lebanese have tried their hand at growing their own food. On a rooftop in Beirut, tomato vines crawl towards the sky. A designer spends weekdays behind a computer and weekends plucking broad beans in the mountains. Young people swap tips on what to grow and when.
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Lebanon considers first wheat imports in six years | Business , Local | THE DAILY STAR

Lebanon considers first wheat imports in six years | Business , Local | THE DAILY STAR | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Lebanon’s government is considering importing wheat for the first time since 2014, weighing its dwindling supply of dollars against concerns that the coronavirus may threaten the nation’s food security.
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A Zero Waste Lebanon-The full documentary - YouTube

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Diaries of a garbage bag

Diaries of a garbage bag | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
Our garbage may be taken out of sight, but it never disappears. Whether it is recycled, landfilled, burned or tipped into the sea, it endures in one form or another—a witness to past human activity. Even prehistoric times are known to us primarily through such traces: long before our forebears could write, they left waste behind, offering clues as to their diet, habitat and tool-making. To this day, our garbage bag is profoundly revealing, sometimes bursting at the seams with secrets and social commentary. In other words, it tells our story.
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