American Univesity of Beirut

About AGRI

The Department of Agriculture (AGRI) is a recognized center of academic excellence in learning, discovery, application and dissemination of knowledge and technology on agricultural aspects of current and emerging issues related to local, regional, and global food issues. The department provides opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to achieve excellence in the agricultural and agribusiness sciences, through experiential learning, and scholarly, creative and effective research and outreach activities.

Our faculty members lead the nation in cutting edge research on animal and poultry science, agricultural economics, soil and irrigation, plant production and health and provide outstanding training and outreach activities. Our students enjoy a multidisciplinary education with experiential learning at the center of our teaching approach on campus and at the Advancing Research and Enabling Communities Center in the Beqa’a.​


    Research Focus

    The direction of the faculty’s research agenda is focused on the linking of Water-Energy-Food (WEF) nexus approach​ to sustainable livelihoods and critical agrarian theory, weaving in the renewable resources and health aspects (WEFRAH​). The applied science perspective incorporates WEF-inspired methodology into outreach and educatio​nal objectives which faculty train students to formulate in a contextual manner, on the local and regional levels.



    Our vision combines social responsibility, independent knowledge base, and a move from quantitative sociology and top down political science approaches to grassroots understanding and state of the art e​xtension. FAFS is a mediator between the farmer and the latest trends in agricultural research and modernization. Our vision is focused on advancements in biotechnology, remote sensing, smart irrigation,​ and conservation agriculture​ on one hand, with the promotion of farmers' benefits and sustainable livelihoods in rural areas,​ on the other. ​

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