As Lebanon faces the current COVID-19 situation, on top of the economic crisis of 2019, many are beginning to wonder about the security of food within the region. Lebanon relies heavily on the imports of a lot of goods, and this pandemic is leading to the rise in prices or the overall unavailability of a lot of goods. It is the time where Lebanon should work toward increasing food self-sufficiency.
Dean Mohtar spoke with Executive magazine to discuss how this can impact our country, and the strategy to ensure food security for all.
“The need is not to make [the percentage of agricultural products that we import] zero because at some point it becomes a tradeoff—if it is too expensive to produce locally, then it is better to import—but we need to have a national plan for food security”.
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