Sustainable Food in Lebanon

October 6, 2023
Lebanese students learn about horticulture from Senior Agriculture Engineer, Raymond Khoury.

Now in its third year of devastating economic and political crisis, the people of Lebanon are facing unimaginable levels of suffering. Malnourishment has become a big concern, with over 40 percent of the population experiencing acute food insecurity. Around one in three children in Lebanon suffer from stunted growth.

Due to this dire situation, International Relief Teams partnered with a local grassroots organization and is supporting their efforts to grow vegetables locally, utilizing a hydroponic garden.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using nutrient-rich water instead. This method uses less water, space, and resources than traditional farming methods, and can produce more yield per square meter.

Hydroponic greenhouses can be operated year-round, and are not affected by weather conditions, pests, or diseases. We are looking forward to seeing the initial crops distributed to local families.

In addition to helping solve the problem of food insecurity, this project will also create job opportunities for residents, particularly women, and youth, who have been disproportionately affected by the economic crisis.

With 4-5 growing seasons per year, we anticipate being able to serve up to 2,000 families per greenhouse.

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