Project Details

Support Value Chain Development priority Interventions related to GLOBALGAP and good agriculture practices for potato and leafy greens - Rural development and sustainable agriculture

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  • 2015-12-18Start Date
  • 2016-09-30End Date
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In response to the impact of the Syrian crisis in Lebanon, the ILO is implementing a program with a focus on employment and livelihoods. The program aims to enhance resilience of entrepreneurs including farmers (individual and groups) and workers affected by the Syrian refugees’ crisis in Lebanon in rural areas to (i) Improve the employability of "vulnerable" job seekers regarding stresses of labour market due by the crisis; and (ii) unleash the income generation and employment creation potential of agricultural value chains through Local Economic Development (LED) and enhance the capacities of service providers to enable the creation of LED opportunities.

Within the ILO program, the project “Support Value Chain Development priority Interventions related to GLOBALGAP and good agriculture practices for potato and leafy greens” target four cooperatives in Akkar Valley, with the aim of reducing production cost and increasing market opportunities


Project description

The project consists of three main components:

  1. Organizing and conducting workshops and trainings for target cooperatives to ensure building their capacities in implementing Good Agriculture Practices, and raising their awareness about GLOBALGAP and other certifications, in addition to growing new varieties suitable for EU and local markets, for better market opportunities.
  2. - Establishment of demo-plots of new potato varieties to reduce the production cost through providing cooperatives with input supplies and technical assistance; as well as creating germination unit for leafy greens.
  3. Participation in the value chain Steering Committee, as part of the value chain development (VCD) interventions process, and with the intention to ensure proper implementation of selected VCD initiatives.

The first component consists of conducting several workshops and training sessions about potato problems and solutions, new varieties (potato and leafy greens) suitable for EU and local markets, and Good Agriculture Practices to be adopted in the demo-plots.

The second one consists of establishing 4 demo-plots for growing introduced potato varieties (Vivaldi, Colomba and Annabelle) aiming to test these varieties following Good Agricultural Practices to ensure quality produce according to standards and contribute to enable farmers export their products to European markets, in order to develop the value chain of potato in Akkar region. In addition, the project will support farmers to access new technologies such as germination prefab room and trapview automated pest monitoring system. These equipment will support future income generating opportunities in this sector and would ensure sustainability of the intervention on selected varieties.

The third component includes the participation in the value chain Steering Committee. This committee was established at the outset of the implementation of selected VCD initiatives as prioritized by the LED dialogue to serve as an advisory and strategic guidance group for the project and VCD initiatives, identify other specific interventions not considered and recommend an implementing partner, monitor overall progress towards achievement of the VCD initiatives objectives and monitor attainment of the project’s objectives against a series of measurable criteria. In addition to monitoring, the steering committee serves as a platform whereby decisions are made for selecting and assigning key actors for VCD implementation of interventions.

Timeframe: 18 January 2016 - 31 September 2016

Project objectives

§ To implement Good Agriculture Practices training for targeted cooperatives

§ To conduct awareness raising sessions about GLOBALGAP certification and others for better market opportunities

§ To organize sessions on new varieties of potato suitable for EU and local markets with input suppliers

§ To organize and conduct technical capacity building to farmers on leafy green varieties in demand at the domestic market.

§ To establish demo-plots of new potato varieties for targeted cooperatives

§ To participate in the value chain Steering Committee Outputs or results expected

§ Enterprises and cooperatives within the selected value chain have improved business management skills through targeted provision of business development services responding to their needs

§ Local economic development interventions in host communities designed and at least some demonstrative interventions implemented

Main stakeholders (beneficiaries, partners, local municipalities, international NGOs, donor…)

 Donor: International Labor Organization - ILO

Associate: Lebanese Agricultural Research Institution – LARI

Main stakeholders:

§ René Mouawad Foundation

§ North LEDA Organization

§ Akkar Network for Development – AND

§ MADA Association

Target beneficiaries: 3 potato cooperatives and 1 leafy green cooperative

Brief overview of the activities

§ Capacity building on GAP

§ Provision of equipment and materials

§ Demo-plot for new potato varieties

§ Sessions on GLOBALGAP certificate and other supporting certificates §

 Provision of export relevant services

§ Knowledge of farmers on new potato varieties suitable for EU and local markets

§ Participation in Steering Committee meetings

§ Technical capacity building to farmers on leafy green varieties in demand at the domestic market