Client: U.S. Agency for International Development
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Solutions: Economic Growth
Lebanese agricultural products have the potential to compete well in regional and international markets; however many products require improvements in terms of quality and specifications to meet customer demand, leveraging the country’s significant assets and abundant talented human resources. In addition, the country is affected by the regional crisis, particularly in rural areas. The Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD) project is a five-year, $41.7 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program aimed at improving Lebanon’s economic stability and providing income-generating opportunities for small business while creating jobs for the rural population, in particular women and youth. LIVCD aims to improve the competitiveness and value of products and services in both local and export markets by increasing the quality, quantity, and consistency of Lebanese products and companies.
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Increase rural incomes, support rural employment, and expand export sales in processed foods, rural tourism, floriculture, grapes, olive oil, apples, pears, avocados, cherries, and a basket of rural agricultural products including thyme, pine nuts, honey, and free range eggs.
Build linkages between farmers, producers, input suppliers, processors, service providers, traders, transporters, retailers, packers, distributors, exporters, and ending with consumers.
Strengthen coalition of local actors to ensure that economic benefits from rural tourism remain in those communities.
Facilitate access to markets and to financing opportunities for rural actors through public-private partnerships and co-investments in order to increase income of the rural population and promote rural wealth creation.
Provide technical assistance to disseminate innovative agricultural practices and technologies and build capacities through customized training for micro, small, and medium enterprises, and farmers.
Leveraged $7,621,305 of new private sector investment.
Helped 8,402 farmers to apply improved technologies or management practices.
Trained 10,370 individuals.
Helped 1,160 medium and small enterprises—including—to apply for value chain finance.
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