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Order of Malta to support small farmers country wide, German Agency to help farmers in North Lebanon

16-10-2020

In partnership with Foundation Saradar, the Order of Malta launched on October 7 an agro project under the slogan, “Healthy, We Grow”. The initiative involves the provision of 1.2 million seedlings of winter crops to around 350 small farmers in a number of regions where the primary health care centers of the Order of Malta are active. These include, namely, Khaldiyeh in Zgharta, Qobayat, Ras Baalbaq, Barqa, Deir el Ahmar in Northern Beqaa and Yaroun in South Lebanon. The project seeks to empower local communities and households by supporting the agricultural sector. The initiative helps small farmers in order to strengthen their steadfastness to their land by coaching them to adopt modern agricultural methods. The importance of the project lies in each beneficiary donating about 5% of their produce to be distributed among the most vulnerable groups, who, in turn, benefit from the Order of Malta’s health care services. On the other hand, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Tripoli and the North, Toufiq Daboosi, discussed on October 8, with a delegation of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), ways to develop agriculture in North Lebanon. Talks also centered on improving agricultural produce, especially apples, olives as well as milk and dairy products, in cooperation with and integration between GIZ, the Chamber and the University of Balamand. (Al Diyar, October 9, 2020)

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