Improving Farming Agriculture in South Lebanon

In the summer of 2006 Lebanon was severely affected by a war that was mostly waged in the South. The damage to the infrastructure and economy was significant. This also significantly affected the local population’s livelihood.
RMF and its partners designed and implemented a project in the South of Lebanon aimed at improving the milk and olive oil sector, to boost incomes and improve livelihoods.
This was achieved through a variety of different activities, including:
• Re-operating a milk center in Al Kheyam, by rehabilitating it, and providing financial support to cover operating costs.
• Construction of an Olive Press in Yarin with a capacity of 500kg/hr
• Organizing a system of refrigerated milk collection, through the distribution of individual and collective tanks between more than 250 breeders in the target areas
• Seminars regarding the importance and role of Cooperatives (management, accounting, marketing, olive pressing, packaging and stocking)
• Establishment of 4 “pilot orchards” serving as demonstration plots for olive growers.
These are only a sample of the activities implemented, and served to ensure sustainability of results post-project.

Date 01/05/2008-31/12/2011
Project Improving Farming Agriculture in South Lebanon
Budget $952,014
Location Cazas of Hasbaya, Bint Jbeil, and Marjayoun
Donors Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo – AECID

(Spanish agency of International Cooperation for the Development)

Partners Fondation Promotion Sociale de la Culture – FPSC & the Ministry of Agriculture
Sectors Agriculture & Rural Development
Beneficiaries 443 dairy cows’ breeders

36 Farmers and 1 cooperative (from 21 different villages)

250 farmers benefited from the vaccination against foot and mouth disease for 2250 cows.

1004 Olive growers