Despite multiple crises Lebanon faces due to the rapidly deteriorating economic situation and the COVID-19 pandemic, the “Reducing the Direct Economic Downturn Impact on Vulnerable Communities in Lebanon" project is continuing to make progress in its mission to promote self-sufficiency of vulnerable communities and enhance local agricultural and food processing production through various activities and approaches.
To promote urban agriculture across Lebanon, demo plots are being developed with different local initiatives and community-based organizations (CBOs) in Tripoli (Ruwwad Al Tanmeya), Bourj Hammoud (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul), Hamra (Zico House), Raouche and Clemenceau (two residential buildings).
ESDU oversees and facilitates the development of these demo plots, providing engineers to assist, plan, order necessary equipment, and employ workers with experience to assist with implementation and daily follow ups. Once completed, the demo plots will be used for practical training activities on urban agriculture to enhance the knowledge and self-sufficiency of the beneficiaries. This UNDP Lebanon project is implemented in partnership with ESDU, the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), the Food Heritage Foundation (FHF) and Berytech.