How might we support Lebanon's agriculture sector during these difficult times?
Join us as we discuss this topic with experts in the field.
Supporting Lebanon’s agricultural sector, a country with the highest proportion of cultivable land, per capita, in the Arab world should be one of the our priorities.
With the currency collapse and the pandemic, getting equipment and distributing cultivated goods became more tricky. It has driven many to turn to their fields and plant on their own produce since market prices have skyrocketed.
Over a month ago, Nadine Labaki started a national campaign called « Zarri3et Albi » gathering most of the sustainable agriculture initiatives and aiming to help citizens who are willing to grow seeds and vegetables in their homes or their lands. You can watch the video here. We called the event « Zarri3et Albna» in order to tie it to the same cause.
• Dr. Prof. Shadi Hamadeh, Professor of animal sciences and director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit at AUB
• Wassim Madi, Founder and owner of Focal Point
• Dr. Mabelle Chedid, President of the Food Heritage Foundation
• Farah Abi Mosleh, Community Development Specialist at Farah Social Foundation
Professor of animal sciences and director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit
Food Heritage Foundation
Founder and Owner
Farah Social Foundation
Community Development Specialist
Shadi Hamadeh has been a professor of animal sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB) since 1988. He held various administrative positions within The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) for over fifteen years including serving as departmental chair and associate dean among other. His research interests range from animal-environment interactions to sustainable food systems leading to over 100 international publications as books, book chapters, and peer reviewed original articles. He cofounded and has been leading the award-winning Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) since 2001. The ESDU was identified as one of the initiatives transforming food and agriculture, implementing multimillion rural research and development projects in Lebanon and the region. He’s serving on international boards on food security and urban agriculture. He was awarded the FAO bronze medal on biodiversity conservation. More recently, he led the World Food Program CLIMAT project and was awarded the prestigious Khalifa award in 2019-2020.
With 10 years of experience in rural development, Mabelle Chedid is a founding member and the president of the Food Heritage Foundation, a Lebanese organization which aims at preserving and promoting local food systems and creating work opportunities in the agro-food and tourism sectors for rural youth, women and farmers. Mabelle is also is the executive officer of the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) at the American University of Beirut. Since 2014, she has been coordinating the implementation of the unit’s development projects and has been involved in numerous research studies and scientific publications. Mabelle holds a diploma in agricultural engineering from the Lebanese University, a Master degree in Animal Science from the American University of Beirut and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from AgroParisTech, France. Her research is focused on local food systems namely the sustainability of agro-pastoral systems, and small ruminants’ value chains.
A hardworking entrepreneur and business owner/ Partner of Focal Point. Focal Point is a Lebanon based landscaping company that encompasses a mid-size landscaping company / Garden Centre, with over 20 employees on a 1000 square meter garden center and a 9000 square meter plant nursery that offers a full range of professional urban landscaping and gardening services, tools and equipment, along with a division for the import and distribution of garden material and equipment. Focal Point is the exclusive importer and distributor in Lebanon of several worlds- leading brands in the gardening field including Franchi seeds, Deroma Pots, Scheurich Ceramic Pots, Capi-Europe Company, Mini Garden to name a few.
On a personal level, I have profound skills in Garden Centre management, including a vast knowledge of seeds, plants, lawns and garden accessories, landscape plant classification, seed germination, plant propagation growing & finishing, fertilizing schedule, pest assessment, monitoring, and proper intervention. I am also skillful in landscape plans and execution, irrigation schemes and implementation, and Green wall design and construction.
I am an American University of Beirut graduate with a BS in Agriculture and MS in Rural Community Development. Community development and supporting small-scale farmers and producers has been my passion since forever therefore, my main work emphasis is Food Security and Women economic empowerment. I am currently working as a Community Development Specialist with a local NGO called Farah Social Foundation. Our aim is to support small-scale farmers, women and vulnerable households through our 5 interventions: Agriculture and Rural Development, Health and Social Care, Education and Human development, Women and Youth Empowerment and Humanitarian Aid.