American University of Beirut

Ein el Helweh Project Urban Agriculture

​​​​​​​​​Within the confined Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, the need for space has compelled residents to utilize all and every available space to its optimal capacity. Niches of green – camp agriculture – are scattered along a number of roof tops, balconies, window sills, and inner courts and are mainly handled by the women where lavender, basil, thyme, fennel, sage and the like represent forms of productive-greening. These practices formulate the only trends for animating the ‘gray’ spaces and present the core premise to CCECS's urban-agriculture intervention. CCECS and multi-disciplinary teams at AUB partnered with the American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) and the Women Institute for Vocational Training in Ein el-Helweh to develop a training program on urban agriculture and rehabilitate the Institute as a prototype of the projects vision of the expanded green spaces throughout Ein el Helweh​.​​

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