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(Mediterranean Agricultural Information Network) Fostering cooperation and experience sharing among the national information systems on agricultural (cereals) markets in the Mediterranean. The network of 13 countries is coordinated by CIHEAM, and more specifically by its Mediterranean Agronomic Institute (MAI) of Montpellier.
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LEBANON's domestic agricultural production is faltering

LEBANON's domestic agricultural production is faltering | MED-Amin network | 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: '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  | MED-Amin network | 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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In Lebanon, a Pandemic of Hunger

In Lebanon, a Pandemic of Hunger | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The New York Times, 06/05 — 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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Droughts and Agriculture in Lebanon : Causes, Consequences, and Risk Management (report) | The World Bank

Droughts and Agriculture in Lebanon : Causes, Consequences, and Risk Management (report) | The World Bank | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

The World Bank, 01/10/2018

The drier conditions will have important consequences on Lebanon’s agricultural economy and the wellbeing of citizens working in agriculture. Over the past decade, a series of droughts and other extreme weather events demanded the nation’s attention. Thanks to a greater awareness of drought, adaptation actions listed in the report could be: developing a national drought action plan, establishing drought monitoring systems, improving ministerial coordination, utilizing new technologies like Hydroponics and Early Warning Systems, improving the quantity and quality of climatic data, and other actions. To help build long-term drought risk management, two first steps could be taken. First, set
up a national drought monitoring system and, second, develop national drought plans. These steps will establish clear and practical actions, like water allocation prioritization, that can be implemented quickly
once droughts are identified.

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To download the full report, click here http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/892381538415122088/pdf/130405-WP-P160212-Lebanon-WEB.pdf

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LEBANON: Food Insecurity and the Path Toward Agricultural Reform 

LEBANON: Food Insecurity and the Path Toward Agricultural Reform  | MED-Amin network | 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 | MED-Amin network | 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 considers first wheat imports in six years

Lebanon considers first wheat imports in six years | MED-Amin network | Scoop.it

Daily Star, 07/04 - 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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