Lebanon Launches Japan-Funded Program To Support Small Farmers

Lebanon Launches Japan-Funded Program To Support Small Farmers

The Lebanese Agriculture Ministry has signed a new project funded by Japan to support farmers in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.

Caretaker Agriculture Minister Abbas Mortada, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative Maurice Saade, and Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon Takeshi Okubo met on Thursday to sign the project.

The project targets small farmers in various agricultural fields by providing them with vouchers that would contribute to developing and growing the agriculture sector in Lebanon.

According to Saade, more than 1,000 farmers will benefit from this project, which will be implemented with the help of the FAO with the aim of increasing the farmers’ income from agriculture and preserving and increasing their production.

“All moves and contacts with friendly countries aim to alleviate the impact of the economic crisis on small farmers and their families,” caretaker Minister Mortada said during the meeting, thanking Japan for its support.

In turn, Ambassador Okubo said: “Today we launch a new project to support smallholders, and at the time when Lebanon is facing multiple crises that threaten the food security of vulnerable groups, Japan is sparing no effort to help them as a friend in need.”

It’s worth noting that Japan recently donated more than $600,000 to help clear mines in Lebanon, in addition to $90,000 to support a medical center in the country.

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