PROJECT: GENDER-SENSETIVE VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS OF AGRIFOOD SECTOR IN LEBANON
LAUNCHING: July 2020
ENDING: April 2021
Focused on four regions, Bekaa, North, Nabatieh, and Mount Lebanon, the project aims to understand opportunities in value chains for women in agriculture sector, especially for women cooperatives and associations in the agri-food sector. The project aims to identify areas of inequalities and highlight women’s barrier mechanism, difficulties and opportunities in Agrifood value chains and agrifood cooperatives and associations. The project is funded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA).
PROJECT: SUPPORT BUSINESS INNOVATION AND ENHANCE EXPORT FOR LEBANON (BIEEL)
LAUNCHING: June 2020
ENDING: May 2023
Funded by The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and led by Fair Trade Lebanon, the project BIEEL aims at creating an environment which enables business development and empowers 100 Lebanese SME’s and cooperatives by increasing their competitiveness internationally. It will focus on three main pillars: access to market, access to standards, and access to finance. BIEEL will also concentrate on seven agro-food clusters: olives and olive oil, grapes and vines, Za’atar and spices, tahini and byproducts, potato chips, pastries and sweets, fruits and nuts.
PROJECT: AGRICULTURAL FARMERS DEVELOPMENT AND LIVELIHOODS PROJECT- AFDAL II
LAUNCHING: June 2020
ENDING: December 2021
This project aims to improve sustainable livelihood opportunities for 1,150 vulnerable community members (including Syrian refugees and Lebanese community) in North and South Lebanon. AFDAL II strengthens competitiveness, quality, and productivity of small ruminants (Goat and Sheep) value chain, while addressing immediate food consumption of targeted households. The project provides trainings to enhance technical skills in food production, adapt new marketing strategies, and access markets. AFDAL II promotes agri-business development in value chain. It’s funded by World Food Programme in partnership with Care International in Lebanon as lead partner.
PROJECT: FOOD FOR TRAINING IN AKKAR, BAALBEK, BEKAA, SOUTH, AND MOUNT LEBANON (FFT)
LAUNCHING: June 2020
ENDING: March 2021
This project improves the performance of the Lebanese food system while building the skills and the capacity of vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees in order to enable their resilience and strengthen their livelihoods. FFT supports food processing cooperative members, cooperative workers, and vulnerable population located in five regions: Akkar, Baalbek, Bekaa, and Mount Lebanon. The project provides trainings and technical support for beneficiaries to help them meet their basic food and nutritional needs, enhance their production, and build their marketable skills to gain better access to the market. It is funded by the World Food Programme in partnership with AVSI as lead partner.
PROJECT: PROVISION OF FOUR CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING PACKAGES, TAILORED TO IMPORVE WOMEN’S KNOWLEDGE IN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, COOPERATIVES, MARKETING IN VARIOUS AGR-FOOD SECTORS.
LAUNCHING: May 2020
ENDING: February 2021
Funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FOA), the project aims to enhance women’s economic empowerment (including Syrian refuges and Lebanese citizens) through capacity development of 750 women agro-food cooperatives. The project is delivering blended learning approach mixing online and face-to face trainings related to four major themes: agricultural cooperative management, business basics, negotiation and action plan, and gender and ethics
PROJECT: FINANCIAL INCULSION FOR FUTURE IN LEBANON
LAUNCHING: April 2020
ENDING: April 2021
The “Financial Inclusion for future in Lebanon” supported by Otto per Mille of the Waldensian Evangelical Church and operated by Microfinanza is currently implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon in the Bekaa region. The project contributes to improve the socio-economic conditions of vulnerable women in Lebanon. The project provides training in financial education for Lebanese families and Syrian refugees. It also supports the creation of start-up micro-enterprises and social projects which are directly proposed and promoted by the identified beneficiary communities with the promotion of an innovative approach with a particular attention to economic circuits linked to sustainable management of resources.
PROJECT: STRENGTHENING RESILENCE OF LEBANON CIVIL SOCIETY IN ORDER TO IMPROVE CRISES PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT
LAUNCHING: December 2019
ENDING: August 2022
Supported by AFD, “SHABAKE” is implemented by Expertise France in partnership with Fair Trade Lebanon in the Bekaa region. The project aims to build socio-economic capacity among 950 women from the Lebanese community and refugees, and reduce their vulnerability through economic empowerment. The project will provide equipment for 5 women processing cooperatives, as well as agri-food technical training, and training in marketing for 40 vulnerable women to increase their productivity and effectiveness.
PROJECT: MEDARTSAL – SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT MODEL FOR MEDITERRANEAN ARTISANAL SALINAS
LAUNCHING: NOVEMBER 2019
ENDING: NOVEMBER 2022
Funded by the European Union and operated by CUEIM (Consorzio Universitario di Economia Industrialy Manageriale), the project “Sustainable Management Model for Mediterranean Artisanal Salinas” aims to adopt coordinated actions between Italy, Spain, Tunisia, and Lebanon to define and implement a model for the sustainable management of artisanal Salinas, which will stimulate the local economy and territorial cohesion. The project contributes to the exchange of experience and techniques by creating a network of Mediterranean artisanal Salinas with the final goal to simulate market actions, environmental conservation, and restoration of these important Salinas.
PROJECT: FOOD FOR TRAINING IN NORTH LEBANON, MOUNT LEBANON AND SOUTH LEBANON
LAUNCHING: September 2018
ENDING: August 2019
This project aims to support food processing cooperative members, cooperative workers and vulnerable populations (of both Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees) located in the four villages of: Baskinta, Kfardebian, Kfarhelda and Kfaraabida. It is funded by the World Food Programme in partnership with Care International in Lebanon as lead partner.
PROJECT: PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN IN THE MIEH MIEH AREA
LAUNCHING: July 2018
ENDING: February 2019
This 8-month project aims to empower economically and socially vulnerable women (including Palestinian refugees and Syrian refugees) in Mieh Mieh area in Saida, Southern Lebanon. It is funded by the Embassy of Canada in Lebanon and targets to fight against two main issues: the lack of economic opportunities for women from the refugee camp and its surroundings and the marginalization of the area and its inhabitants.
PROJECT: JPII – IMPROVEMENT THE APRICOT VALUE CHAIN
LAUNCHING: JUNE 2018
ENDING: MAY 2021
Funded by Italian Cooperation and operated by John-Paul II Foundation, the project seeks to improve product quality and the productive, managerial, and commercial innovation of small producers in the agricultural sector of Apricot in Bekaa, Baalbek, Hermel regions. This serves as a driving force for sustainable and inclusive rural economic development. It improves and professionalizes the productive capacity of farmers, workers, and apricot producer organization through the adoption of “Quality Management System QMS” for the cultivation and processing of the product.
PROJECT: AGRICULTURE RURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (ARDI)
LAUNCHING: March 2018
ENDING: September 2019
The Agriculture Rural Development Initiative (ARDI) represents the agribusiness component of the Private Sector Development Programme taking place in Akkar, funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France. Fair Trade Lebanon (FTL), Rene Moawad Foundation and Mada Association are the local implementing partners in Akkar region. Through this project, FTL will support the production and sale of five vegetables: tomatoes, pumpkins, lettuce, peppers and “mloukhieh”.
PROJECT: CHERIE BLAIR FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN
LAUNCHING: September 2017
ENDING: November 2017
Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has recently launched a new project in Lebanon entitled “The Women’s Economic Empowerment Program” in collaboration with Fair Trade Lebanon and Al Majmoua association as implementing partners. Focused on two regions, Fourzol and Baalbek, this program aims to support 40 disadvantaged women of Lebanese and Syrian nationalities in agricultural and food processing units, in order to help them develop competitive and marketable final quality products.
PROJECT: JEAN-PAUL II FOUNDATION
LAUNCHING: May 2017
ENDING: April 2020
Fair Trade Lebanon and Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II are implementing together the project: “International network for eco-sustainable development of the productive, managerial and commercial innovation of small producers in the cherry value chain in Lebanon”. This project is implemented in the governorates of Zahle, Metn and Baalbak for a period of three years (36 months). This project is funded by the Italian cooperation.
PROJECT: CCFD-AFD (Phase II)
LAUNCHING: January 2016
ENDING: December 2018
The project called ‘Fair Trade, a tool for local development in the service of rural communities in Lebanon’ has a great impact on 500 members of 19 cooperatives and small enterprises dispersed all over Lebanon. It consists of capacity building, promotion of Fair Trade principles, and professionalization of the production process along with the consolidation of Fair Trade Lebanon as a perennial structure that accompanies production units at all stages of their development.
PROJECT: MEPI SOFAIR
LAUNCHING: July 2014
ENDING: December 2017
The MEPI-funded project “Sustainable Opportunities for Fair Trade Activities in Rural Areas” (SOFAIR) is implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon in tight collaboration with Atayeb Al Rif. It aims to develop opportunities for 22 cooperatives and SMEs in different rural regions of Lebanon, by providing them with the needed trainings and assistance related to technical, logistic, management, marketing and quality support.
PROJECT: UN WOMEN – PHASE III
LAUNCHING: May 2017
ENDING: December 2017 (part I) March 2018 (part II)
The Phase III of the project « Support for the creation of agricultural cooperatives through training, certification and marketing services » supported by UN Women is currently implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon in the Bekaa valley and in the cities of Beirut and Tripoli through the following places: Basbina, Qobbe, Bab el tebbene, Byblos, Bhamdoun, Borj el Barajneh, Majdel Anjar, Kfarzabad, Qaoqaba, Khreibet el Jundi and Tariq el Jdide. Like the previous phase, the activities include a period of training in agro-food processing, after which beneficiaries are placed in small enterprises or local cooperatives. From the overall 800 beneficiaries, 350 will be placed into production units for 2 months and 450 will be trained and earn a certificate of recognition.
PROJECT: FACILITÉ SYRIE-LIBAN (FSL)
LAUNCHING: June 2014
ENDING: May 2017
Funded by the French Agency for Development, the project named ‘Improvement of socio-economic conditions of the populations of 6 Lebanese villages and mitigation of tensions related to the presence of Syrian refugees’ (Facilité Syrie-Liban) was implemented by Mouvement Social, MADA and Fair Trade Lebanon in partnership with CCFD-Terre Solidaire in Hrar, Mechmech, Fneideq, Abra, Kfar Tebnit and Fourzol. This project aimed to economically support the rural villages facing an abundance of Syrian refugees in order to reduce the tensions resulting from sharing the already scarce resources. It was a multi-sector approach concentrated on the production of value-added in the rural world, the implication of women in the economic sphere and the contribution to supplying essential services to the community.
PROJECT: UN WOMEN - PHASE II
LAUNCHING: March 2016
ENDING: April 2017
The Phase II of the project « Support for the creation of agricultural cooperatives through training, certification and marketing services » supported by UN Women was implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon in the Bekaa valley and in the cities of Beirut and Tripoli.
The activities of this phase included a period of training in agro-food processing, after which beneficiaries were placed in small enterprises or local cooperatives. This allowed the 300 or so women to find employment while gaining experience in the sector.
LAUNCHING: January 2013
ENDING: January 2017
The project ‘’Fair Trade: A tool to fight poverty in rural regions in Lebanon”, financed by Drosos, was implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon (FTL) in the most remote regions of the country, such as Akkar and South Lebanon with the aim of alleviating poverty by helping small producers. It consisted of three axes: promoting Fair Trade principles, improving hygiene and professionalizing the production process. This project also allowed the establishment of a common service center in the village of Fourzol, Bekaa, for all FTL producers.
PROJECT: UN WOMEN - PHASE I
LAUNCHING: July 2015
ENDING: March 2016
The project « Support for the creation of agricultural cooperatives through training, certification and marketing services » supported by UN Women was implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon in the villages of Khreibet el Jundi and Andqit (Akkar region, north Lebanon) and in Tariq el Jdide (Beirut). The overall objective of the project was to enable vulnerable women to live decently through the development of income-generating activities within the local communities affected by the Syrian crisis. These activities included vulnerable Lebanese and Palestinian women as well as Syrian refugees. The project activities aimed to develop their professional skills in the field of agro-food processing in order to facilitate their socio-economic integration in Lebanon or, eventually, in their regions of origin.
PROJECT: EUROPEAN UNION – FAIR TRADE TOWNS
LAUNCHING: January 2014
ENDING: May 2016
‘Lebanese Fair Trade Towns’ was a project implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon and Mouvement Social aiming at creating 10 Lebanese Fair Trade towns as a means to integrate villages in the global fair trade network. It was funded by the European Union and managed by OMSAR (The Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform) in the framework of the global AFKAR III program. The project was concluded with the creation of the following 9 Fair Trade Towns: Abra, Aïn Ebel, Baskinta, Bissariyyeh, Fourzol, Kfar Tebnit, Mheidthe, Menjez and Saidoun.