American Univesity of Beirut

Reaping the first outcome of the Mashreq Agricultural Initiative (MAI)


The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut collaborated with the World Bank Group, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and the Center for Mediterranean Integration on the Mashreq Agricultural Initiative (MAI).​

The initiative consisted of a knowledge sharing processes between three Mashreq countries (Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon) aiming to revitalize the agricultural sector, boost digital agriculture innovation, and raise the profile of agriculture among non -agricultural sectors.

The first outcome of this initiative was the publication in the journal Sustainability of the article entitled Digitalization for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems: Potential, Status, and Risks for the MENA Region. The open access article was co-authored by a FAFS team that includes Rachel Bahn and Abed Al Kareem Yehya (Food Security Program), and Rami Zurayk (LDEM and Food Security Program). 

The article provides a literature review that highlights the potential and current application of digital technologies in the agri-food sector throughout MENA and builds on research including efforts of the MAI, a collaboration between AUB/FAFS and partners from World Bank Group, FAO, UN-ESCWA, and the Center for Mediterranean Integration. MAI expects to publish a report focused on the role of digital agriculture in Mashreq countries in mid-April.​

Access the article here.​

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