The video illustrates the current situation of the organic sector in Lebanon in the frame of the ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM project.

It features Said Gedeon, Deputy General Manager and Head of the Services and Agricultural Development Department at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Zahle and Bekaa, Rudolph Elias CEO at Agreen Organics & President of the Organic Lebanon Association, Georges Youssef, CEO of Agrocedrus Menjez Aakar, Najib Moutran from Trois Collines and Mario Massoud from Biomass.

Current Situation:

  • Lebanon's organic sector has potential (1574 hectares) but it faces challenges.
  • Grapes, olives, and cereals are the main crops, with organic wines leading the way.
  • Challenges include limited market access, seasonality, high certification costs, and weak control systems.

Potential Solutions:

  • Improve export opportunities and business linkages.
  • Strengthen agricultural extension services for producers.
  • Enhance the Ministry of Agriculture's control measures and legal framework.
  • Introduce new technologies and entrepreneurship programs with financial support.

Project Contribution:

  • ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM project fostered business alliances and exports for over 75 certified farms.
  • It aimed to improve market access through a collaborative approach and innovative solutions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Lebanon's organic sector needs support to overcome challenges and reach its full potential.
  • The ORGANIC ECOSYSTEM project provided valuable resources and connections for growth.
  • Investing in sustainable practices like organic farming benefits farmers, consumers, and the environment.