Now, more than ever, ensuring food security
for all is vital. Ending hunger and poverty begins with agriculture.
Our focus is to support communities in achieving food security based on sustainable approaches while preserving and enhancing the local ecosystem. We provide communities with technical support and advice, delivering the means and resources to develop tailor-made solutions that ensure food self-sufficiency. The program is implemented at both the household level, to provide means of subsistence for the family, and through larger scale implementation with more ambitious rural economic development targets.
Lebanon is blessed with fertile lands at different altitudes and micro-climates that yield a variety of crops. However, even with its potential for agricultural abundance and access to fresh, local food, impoverished families across the country are still left with no immediate and affordable access to a reliable source of nourishment.
Some of the poorest regions in Lebanon are almost entirely dependent on agriculture which faces major challenges including significant pressures on natural resources, such as farmlands, rangelands, groundwater and forests, and current agriculture practices that have a negative environmental impact, such as deforestation and soil degradation.
challenges are further compounded with economic ones related to reduced
regional exports. This can be specifically seen in the export of fresh produce,
where trade routes to the GCC and Iraq have been disrupted and imports from
neighboring countries have increased.
Your donations can go towards providing a family in need with food security in a multitude of ways. Donation options are as follows:
$400: Honey Bee Starter Kit
$400: Chicken Coop Starter Kit
$50: Fruit Tree Starter Kit
$50: Vegetable Garden Starter Kit
contribution: Planting community spaces
In developing and planning our projects, our
ambition is to explore potential synergies among the various projects
implemented in line with concepts of a circular flow model. As such,
by-products from one process will be used as input in another one.
Nusaned will be launching fundraising initiatives for food security kits in June 2020.
June 2020 – June 2021Starter Kits
1,000 Chicken Coop Starter Kits
1,000 Vegetable Garden Starter Kits
1,000 Fruit Garden Starter Kits
1,000 Honey Bee Starter Kits
Fall 2020 Cherry Tree Pruning project in Aarsal
Nusaned partnered with Rene Moawad Foundation
(RMF) to support the financing of a pruning team in order to improve the
overall Aarsal cherry production yield for the 2020 season. Aarsal, a
marginalized village located in northeastern Bekaa, produces more than 70% of
Lebanon’s cherries. However, farmers are unable to purchase the necessary
fertilizers and pesticides, nor hire pruners, all of which are crucial to the
cherry production cycle and can dramatically increase production quality and
quantities, helping farmers to access better markets.
From research, finance, training and production, to quality control, certification, marketing and export, the Crops That Yield program aims at developing sustainable rural economies by supporting farmers through the entire supply chain process.
Our initiative at Nusaned is based on our evaluation of the challenges that the Lebanese agricultural sector faces, and developed in consultation and coordination with heads of municipalities, local communities, Ministry of Agriculture representatives, local Chambers of Commerce representatives, agricultural engineers and experts, as well as local and international NGOs.
We focus on projects that aim to achieve several objectives:
We aim to educate rural and urban communities on the importance of balanced and healthy diets, and help them create a living income through a variety of projects in animal husbandry and land cultivation with a range of starter kits.
Honey Bee Starter Kit, including basic material and equipment, and technical training and support in beekeeping.
Chicken Coop Starter Kit, including basic coop construction material, hens and an initial amount of feed, as well as guidelines, training and support.
Vegetable Garden Starter Kit, including seeds and topsoil.
Fruit Tree Starter Kit, including trees and
While subsistence provides goods and nutrition for the time being, an active marketplace creates incomes, savings, education, employment and opportunities for communities to retain their people, develop new skills and increase earning potential. Nusaned supports farmers to grow and scale up their businesses in a sustainable way through a variety of initiatives.
Providing skills training in order to attain new and more profitable markets by giving farmers the skills to improve product type, quality, quantity, and delivery.
Providing innovative farming equipment, supplies and logistics for individual or collective use to improve production, storage, and delivery and help farmers manage and scale up their businesses. This includes providing access to quality feed and other supplies at lower prices, organized transportation, and centralized warehousing.
Linking to robust markets and to partners to increase the farmers’ long-term profits. We help farmers cope with more formal markets by providing them with a variety of services including financial support and access to credit facilities, as well as larger contracts with more significant customers.
Improving production yields through supporting
collaboration and cooperation among farmers to organize their individual small
land parcels into larger plots to enhance the farming process and optimize
results, providing equipment and technical support from seed to harvest. We
also help farmers improve productivity and maximize yield by planting
alternative crops that are challenging to harvest or in short supply.
Our projects are formulated to balance the needs of agriculture with environmental preservation and improvement. We do this in partnership with local NGOs by:
Supporting farmers with expertise on how to integrate climate-smart agricultural practices to increase resilience and crop production.
Promoting waste management by raising community awareness and implementing sorting and composting initiatives.
spaces through promoting forest protection and regeneration as well as
initiating tree planting schemes.
We believe that women-led smallholder farming
is the future of our economy. By investing in women farmers and business owners
and supporting them with the tools and expertise they need to make their businesses
thrive, we empower them to have more control over their incomes. That income is
usually reinvested into their families, creating overall improvements in
nutrition, children’s education and the entire family’s healthcare.