Regional Development for poverty reduction through enhancing the greenhouse Vegetable sector and promoting marketing of round fruits in North Lebanon - Rural development and sustainable agriculture
- 2009-05-01Start Date
- 2011-04-30End Date
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The project was designed to build a platform for agriculture and to create favorable settings for local development. The main objective of the project was to foster economic development in North Lebanon through improving socio-economic conditions of farmers. It intended to enhance the development of a sustainable agriculture based on introduction of improved cultivation systems and innovating marketing approaches. The project corresponded with the requirements of the Millennium Development Goals with the specific focus on Goal 1 Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger. Furthermore,it planned to incorporate social issues, which are essential for long-term sustainable development.
The project was divided into 3 components:
The first component included 15 theoretical and practical workshops about soil properties and characteristics, crop protection from potential pests and Good Agriculture Practices techniques and cooperative management and marketing. These workshops aimed at building and enhancing capacities of farmer and cooperatives in production and management.
The second component focuses on reinforcement of the application of GAP by farmers. 10 pilot greenhouses have been identified to adopt the GAP techniques. In this phase, an agricultural engineer, used the mobile soil laboratory, conducts weekly follow-up field visits, offers professional advice regarding the application of the proper practices and gather data (shoot growth, pest incidence, soil analysis for macro and micronutrients ……).
The third component included the sorting, waxing and composting unit. With a capacity of 5000 tones/year, this unit will help farmers sorting their products and waxing their round fruits in order to improve end-product quality, introduce new marketing methods and ameliorate commercialization techniques. The composting unit was composed of shredding machines where farmers can shred their crop residues in order to transform it into compost that can be used instead of fertilizers.