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Public, Civic initiatives to support farmers in Baalbaq-Hermel, Akkar and Diman

18-11-2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization in Lebanon (FAO), announced that, during the period from August to October 2020, and in cooperation with the Lebanese ministry of agriculture, it distributed vouchers to farmers to purchase agricultural inputs and tools, benefiting one thousand households (around 5,000 people) in the Akkar and Baalbek-Hermel areas. This comes as part of the FAO emergency needs assessment project, funded by the Government of Belgium, in collaboration with the ministry of agriculture. The said project aims to provide assistance to highly vulnerable farmers affected by the severe financial and economic crises. On the other hand, a ton of garlic seeds were distributed yesterday to farmers in the Dimane-Wadi Qannoubin area, as part of the Agricultural Cooperation Program within the Patriarchate Relief Plan. The latter, to recall, is funded by the Maronite Mutual Fund, Caritas-Al Jibeh, Bsherri, and the Maronites Rally for Lebanon, in coordination with the League of Qannubin for Missions and Heritage and the Antonine Nuns, and the collaboration of the Patriarchate See in Diman. The country-wide plan seeks to alleviate the current living and economic conditions through sustainable development programs, not just emergency humanitarian aid, while focusing on a number of sectors, mainly, agriculture, livestock, agricultural processing, milk and dairy products, as well as distillation of medicinal and aromatic herbs. (Al Diyar, November 14, 18, 202)

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