The project is designed to support the Government in improving the economic and commercial standing of rural communities and enterprises to increase food security, international market competitiveness and reduce rural poverty.
On the basis of a holistic and gender sensitive approach, the project contributes to achieving the following objectives:
- Improve the performance of selected agro-enterprises (including food, beverage, textile and furniture production) for enhanced competitiveness and access to the global markets.
- Empower rural communities by strengthening the overall capabilities of local cooperatives and encouraging their participation in development activities in a gender sensitive manner.
Each targeted SME benefits from technical equipment, training, business and marketing plans tailored to the particular case. A number of SMEs has been upgraded to directly contribute to creating additional job opportunities.
At the community level, the project leads to a more capable rural community organization addressing not only their priorities but also facilitating their ongoing participation in their development process. A number of households (rural producers) that benefited from this support, which is expected to:
- Revitalize the rural communities' productive capacity;
- Diversify non-farm jobs; and
- Explore new markets, especially in Europe and the MENA region.
At the institutional level, the project supports the diffusion of the lessons learned and success stories from the target to non-target areas and constitutes a platform for Government to adopt and scale-up.
At the social level, the project contributes to rights-based local development, taking into consideration the specific needs of different social groups of community, particularly women, men and youth. Given the crucial role that women play in the food production sector, the project encourages their participation in its activities. The improved quality of life and opportunities gained from the project economic outputs contributes to stemming urban migration, particularly of youth groups.
Partners: Ministry of Industry (MoI), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Ministry of Economy and Trade (MoET), the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), the Syndicate of Lebanese Food Industrialists (SLFI) and the Instituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria (ICU).
Mr. Cristiano Massimo PASINI, UNIDO Representative
Address: Riadh Solh Square, P.O. Box 11-8575, Beirut, Lebanon