As part of her trip to Beirut, Lebanon, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze visited The Good Food Hub on Monday the 25th of April 2022, with the German ambassador to Lebanon Andreas Kindl and a delegation from the World Food Programme and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Minister Schulze was briefed on the success of the ISNAD project that was implemented by the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) at AUB,the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB), and COSPE onlus in partnership with WFP Lebanon through support from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). ESDU showcased the achievements of the project and offered a space for the guests to meet with some of the project's participants.
The event was hosted by ESDU at the Good Food Hub and was attended by the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Minister, H.E. Ms. Svenja Schulze; Members of the German Parliament, Mr. Till Mansmann, Ms. Sanae Abdi, and Ms. Deborah Düring; the German Ambassador Mr. Andreas Kindl; the Directors General of Directorate-General at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Mr. Dirk Meyer, Ms. Birgit Pickel and Ms. Christine Toetzke; WFP Delegation including the Assistant Executive Director Ms. Ute Klamert, WFP Representative and Country Director Lebanon Mr. Abdallah Alwardat, and WFP Director from WFP Global Office Germany Mr. Martin Frick; AUB Provost, Dr. Zaher Dawy, FAFS I/Dean, Dr. Ammar Olabi, COSPE Head of Mission in Lebanon Ms. Francesca Annetti; LLWB Executive Manager Ms. Nisreen Deeb, and ESDU Team.
Innovation System Networks for Agricultural Development Based on Gender Inclusion and Eco-Entrepreneurship (ISNAD) was implemented in Northern Lebanon, the Bekaa and Baalbek. In light of the current socio-economic crisis, the project promoted the local food system and supported 575 small-scale farmers and producers and 31 cooperatives. It also aimed at enhancing product quality, integrating innovation in authentic food production, promoting sustainable agricultural practices and facilitating market linkages.