In a new project implemented by Concern Worldwide, ESDU in partnership with the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) are creating “Value Chains for Improved Socioeconomic Well-being of Syrian Refugees and Lebanese Host Communities."
The project, funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), will be implemented over a two-year period. ESDU's budget for the first year is $138,108, during which ESDU will provide ToT (training of trainers) workshops for the facilitators selected by Concern Worldwide, who will deliver capacity building on topics including sustainable production of cattle and small ruminants, hydroponic feed production, and business development. The project targets 1,310 individuals (61% Syrian refugees and 39% Lebanese) in the Akkar and Danniyeh districts of Northern Lebanon, providing support for two value chains: herbs (za'atar and coriander) and dairy. Protection mainstreaming (the process of incorporating protection principles) will be offered to all participants.
To date, ESDU has conducted a ToT on sustainable production of cattle and small ruminants; in the future, it will lead market exploration and development.