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Cedars Plus program for agribusiness development Financed by USAID - CHF

CUDMOS – Children and Youth Development and Mobilization of Opportunities

Assessment and recommendation on agricultural practices and policies in South Lebanon. Financed by Oxfam UK

 

 

Issue 2, June 2006

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Garden Show event

For the second consecutive year ADR participates in the garden show, the biggest event of its kind in Lebanon.

More than 500 visitors passed by our stand. We sold products such as Compost and herbal plants from our Agricultural center (CASUR). We also offered rural products from cooperatives and beneficiaries assisted by ADR. A few examples are a premiere saffron produced in Lebanon, diet recipes of traditional products from Ahlouna, natural soaps form Houla and traditional products from Hallousieh. If you would like more information about these products, please contact us.

 Ongoing projects update:

Assistance program for working children and growers of tobacco plantations in south Lebanon

Number of schools participating: 12 Public schools from Bent Jbeil

Number of children enrolled: 700 children from Grade six, seven, and nine

Training sessions for growers on safflower cultivation: 2 in Aitaroun village

 

Capacity Building for Small Agro-Tourism Businesses

Training sessions delivered: 1 training session on Hospitality Services and Techniques and 1 Field visit for the Garden Show

Beneficiaries trained: 13 including 3 Bed and Breakfast and 5 Cooperatives

Covered areas: Tyre, Marjeyoun and Saida

 

Vocational Training for Former Detainees

Training sessions delivered: 30

Beneficiaries trained: 347

Villages covered Bent Jbeil Caza: Tibnine, Khirbet Selm, Shakra, Ayta ashaab, Aitaroun, Ainatha, Maroun Alras.

Marjeyoun Caza: Village of Marjeyoun, Ibl Assaqi, Bourj Almoulouk, Blida, Blat, Houla, Khiam, Dibbine, Deir Mimes, Deir Serian, Rib Tlatine, Taybeh, Adshit, Odeyseh, Qlaiya, Qantara, Kfarkila, Markaba, Meiss Aljabal.

 Hasbaya Caza: Hibberieh, Shibaa

 

Cedars Plus program for agribusiness development. Financed by USAID – CHF

ADR’s microcredit program will allot US$ 350,000, of which US$ 200,000 is granted from USAID/CHF and US$ 150,000 is ADR’s matching contribution, into micro-financial services to existing and new rural agri-businesses including farmers and fishermen. Loans will focus on agribusinesses as well as related input and service providers.

USAID-CHF is also granting US$ 40,000 to the Agriculture program that will be allocated to expand current services of ADR cold storage facility to add a pre-cooling unit and conduct training and awareness on the benefits of the pre-cooling, cold storage and sorting services for citrus and other fruits and vegetables. To get to know more about our cold storage and other services provided at our Agricultural Center visit our website.

 

CUDMOS – Children and Youth Development and Mobilization of Opportunities

The project falls under the Community Development Projects (CDP) executed by the council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), under funds granted by the World Bank. The project was conceived around main challenges pertaining to the situation of children and youth in Lebanon and will develop activities concerning:

  • Advocacy and awareness-raising on the legislative level, as well as education on child rights
  • Training on health risk reduction
  • Life skills training (skills and behaviors needed for youth success in life and in the workplace)
  • Improve youth access to employment opportunities.

A consortium composed of three NGOs (ADR, Arc en Ciel and RMF) will implement the project nationwide; ADR will be responsible for implementation in South Lebanon.

 

Assessment and recommendation on agricultural practices and policies in South Lebanon. Financed by Oxfam UK

Oxfam and ADR will work together to provide the services needed to assess current practices and recommend actions that can latter be developed into a medium term action plan.

A survey will be conducted to compile information about fruit and vegetable growers of 60 locations in the limited area of the Caza of Tyr. The information will cover personal data (age, family, number of children etc), cultural practices (irrigation, pesticides and fertilizer use, harvesting, post harvesting, marketing, management methods etc.) production (type, amount, varieties etc.) economical status (budgeting and cost of production, revenue, cost/benefit analysis etc) and other issues.

Workshops for farmers will also be conducted with the aim of sharing survey results, raise awareness on common problems and develop recommendations.

Meetings with NGOs and public institutions will be arranged to involve them in the project, raise awareness on the findings of the survey and discuss subsequent phases of the project.

The results of the survey will be reviewed with the stakeholders and documented into an assessment, a brochure and articles to be published in specialized magazines and newspapers.

 

Questions or comments? E-mail us at info@adr.org.lb