FAFS participated at a workshop, hosted by ESCWA, on Context-based Technologies to Enhance the Efficiency and Resilience of Agri-Food Systems in Lebanon (August 26-27). The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the future of agriculture and better understand the status of technology transfer, adaption, and use of technology in agriculture in Lebanon, including scale-up constrains and opportunities available to small farmers.
At the meeting, Dr. Ammar Olabi, Associate Dean of FAFS and professor, delivered a presentation on the different goals that AUB and the region has in regards to these agricultural upgrades. Questioning how we can improve the health and livelihood of people and small landowners to be more sustainable economically, socially and environmentally, Dr. Olabi mentioned a 6-step plan going from 2020-2025 for FAFS to reach this goal. Dr. Olabi also shared that AUB professors, who are a part of FAFS, MSFEA, and FAS departments, were granted a competitive 1 million dollar grant for their proposal in the field of applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve irrigation water management. These steps could help create a cleaner, more effective irrigation system without creating as much water waste. The audience were impressed with this remarkable milestone in this era of agriculture.
We are excited to see these goals met and for a more innovative and sustainable future here at FAFS, and at AUB.