American Univesity of Beirut

Agronomy in Advancing Research for Enabling Communities in Lebanon by Dr. Marie Therese Abi Saab

Dr. Marie Therese Abi Saab, Head of the Climate and Water Unit, Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI), and researcher in Agronomy, visited FAFS (December 12), delivering  the lecture: Agronomy in Advancing Research for Enabling Communities in Lebanon. 

Heavy reliance on agricultural production is presenting communities in Lebanon with challenges including climate change, resource scarcity, pollution, increasing population, and economic fluctuations. In this context, local agronomy research must play a key role in promoting farming practices that are widely recognized as the most feasible and sustainable means to increase crop productivity. In her lecture, Dr. Abi Saab presented outcomes from completed and on-going local studies that support moving toward operational and applied practices in different aspects of agronomy. Rural communities can adopt farming options to better cope with climate variability, such as the use of internet and communication tools to manage farming practices and the reuse of wastewater in agriculture.

About the Speaker: 

Marie Therese Abi Saab, PhD in Agronomy, is a Researcher and Head of the Climate and Water Unit, Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI). She conducts research in agronomy, crop growth and water productivity modelling, climate change, on-farm water management, and irrigation with non-conventional water resources. Throughout her work at LARI, Dr. Abi Saab has worked closely with local communities from different parts of Lebanon. She has published widely in refereed journals, extension publications and other reports, including the FAO Irrigation and Drainage Technical Paper 66 on Crop response to water and the development of the FAO AquaCrop crop water productivity model. Dr. Abi Saab, as national scientific coordinator or focal point from LARI, has contributed to several international projects with EU, FAO, IWMI, CIHEAM-BARI, among others. Since 2013, she has supervised 11 Master’s theses and 2 PhD dissertations and has 9 years teaching experience in different Lebanese universities (AUB, USEK, UL-Faculty of sciences) on topics related to agronomy and irrigation.

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