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"ROOTS - Roots of dignity in Lebanon: from the land a fair, resilient and inclusive rural economy."




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,795,000
€ 1,077,000


The project aims to increase job opportunities and generate income from agricultural enterprises by promoting the economic and environmental sustainability of rural communities in the fruit supply chains of the coastal strip and the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, strengthening their resilience to climatic and economic shocksThe project envisages a three-year strategy to promote sustainable economic development in Lebanon’s rural areas, through a process of production system reorganisation and agricultural product processing focusing on quality access to more profitable markets. The strategy operates in a territory characterized by favorable environmental conditions but by serious structural and organizational weaknesses of the agricultural economy that have resulted in the impossibility, for local producers in particular, of completing the production process to the finished product ready for the organized markets, Large Organized Distribution and International Importers. There are organizational and systemic problems. The first at a a) productive level, due to a lack of practical and technical expertise of a product that meets the sustainable and qualitative standards required by certifications (Global Gap) essential for sales to LOD and export, b) combined management (few producers are grouped into active and functioning cooperatives) of the processing, packaging and storage of the products, c) sales, small individually selling producers are excluded from the benefits from joint management of sales within organised markets. There are also systemic problems at these levels; a) cultural barriers from the producers who are not inclined towards collective management in cooperatives, from the post-harvest stages of the productive process to the finished product, b) soil degradation due to an excessive use of chemicals, causing not only water pollution but failure in meeting the standards to access international markets. The aim of the strategy is to improve the quality, sustainability and social inclusion of the productive, managerial and commercial management of small producers, their cooperatives and fresh fruit supply chain workers within the coastal area and the Bekaa valley in Lebanon, through skills retraining, combined management models, the construction of processing and storaging facilities and access to more profitable markets. The target beneficiaries to whom the proposal is addressed are small agricultural producers, permanent and seasonal workers in the fields and processing plants, agricultural cooperatives and consortiums, agrotechnicians, laboratory technicians and field extensor apprentices, agricultural input suppliers, public institution officials and export managers in the Chamber of Commerce. The intervention, thanks to the assistance of experts and best practice exchange, will accompany producers, cooperatives and institutions in a process of profound requalification generating an impact at these levels; a) Productive, thanks to which fruit crops will be managed with efficient production methods, water supply and eco-sustainable supplies to meet market standards and improve resilience to the effects of climate change, b) Governance, improving anagement skills and investing in cooperative production facilities for the processing, storage and packaging of the product in compliance with quality and eco-sustainability criteria, c) Commercial, thanks to which producers and their co-ops will improve their ability to access the market to sell at more profitable conditions. The strategy envisages the involvement of high-profile institutional and technical partners who have been cooperating with FGPII for years in rural development programmes in Lebanon with whom the project was planned and will be managed. The partners are, LARI Research Institute under Ministry of Agriculture, involved in supporting the introduction and dissemination of agro-ecological practices, Directorate General of Cooperatives (government body) invo read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 1,795,000 € 1,077,000


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IdentifierXM-DAC-6-4-012590-02-3
  • CRS Activity identifier2022000262
  • AID012590/02/3
  • Planned start 2022/06/15
  • Planned End 2025/06/14
  • Actual start 2022/06/17
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 31120 - Agricultural development 42.0%
  • 31191 - Agricultural services 28.0%
  • 31194 - Agricultural co-operatives 30.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality not targeted
  • Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) not targeted
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition significant objective
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation principal objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 15.3 - By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world
  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • 8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services