About the Productive Sector Development Programme

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The Productive Sector Development Programme (PSDP) is a UN joint programme implemented by 6 UN agencies in Lebanon to support gender-responsive job creation and help create economic opportunities in the agricultural and agri-food sectors in Lebanon, with specific focus on women and female youth in disadvantaged areas. 

The programme is funded by the Government of Canada and managed by the UN Resident Coordinator Office. 

Agro-Food Focus

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The Agri-Food sector generated around 38% of the industrial sector output (2018)

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The sector’s added value has increased at a CAGR of 9.5% over the 2010-2018 period. 

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The sector employs an estimated workforce of around 21,000 employees and accounts for 25% of the industrial sector workforce

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The Agri-Food sector generated 2.9% of the country's GDP, amounting to around 1.59 USD billion (2018).

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Agri-food enterprises have the largest share of industrial establishments in Lebanon, with 26% of enterprises or 1,245 companies involved in Agri-food activities in 2017. 

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In 2019, Agri-Food exports accounted for 12.4% of industrial exports and 11.7%of total exports,

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Key exported agri-food products in 2019 include dried fruits and nuts at 10%, followed by processed chocolate (8%) and other vegetables and food preparations.

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Lebanon has the second largest agriculture land share from its territory in the Middle East estimated at 63%of total land area

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Lebanon’s agri-food exporters benefit from favorable terms and  external markets due to a considerable number of bilateral and multilateral agreements including GAFTA and EFTA.

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 Skilled labor force with around 30,000 students enrolled in Engineering and Agri-food undergraduate and graduate degrees.