The Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) is a three-year programme funded by the Government of Canada that focuses on gender-responsive job creation and economic opportunities in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, prioritizing women and female youth in disadvantaged areas. It aims at supporting Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), cooperatives, and farmers to overcome the economic, financial, and structural challenges facing them while supporting gender-responsive job creation and helping create economic opportunities with a specific focus on women and female youth in disadvantaged areas.
The programme is implemented by six UN entities operating in Lebanon, namely UNIDO, FAO, UNDP, ILO,UN WOMEN and UNICEF. UNIDO and FAO serve as the technical advisors for the program, while its coordination is led by the Resident Coordinator's Office.
THE AGRI-FOOD SECTOR IN LEBANON
In view of the long-term structural challenges that Lebanon is facing, as well as the profound effects that the multiple crises are having on its economy and population, there is an ongoing need to support job creation and inclusive economic growth, especially in the country’s productive sectors. The agri-food sector in Lebanon was identified as one of the main productive sectors, given its high growth and export potential, as well as its potential for job creation, particularly for the most vulnerable in rural areas, in addition to its propensity to compete against imported food products and contribute to food security.
THE PROGRAMME’S THREE LEVELS
MACRO Level --> Improve an enabling policy environment for women’s economic empowerment and participation in the productive sector.
MESO Level --> Improve access of women and men-led MSMEs to markets in the productive sectors.
MICRO Level --> Improve the capacity of women and men farmers, women-led cooperatives, women and men-led MSMEs, in creating and sustaining equitable job opportunities and adopting environmentally sustainable practices.
This programme is implemented:
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- UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
- FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- UNDP: United Nations Development Programme
- ILO: International Labour Organization
- UN Women: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
- UNICEF: United Nations Children’s Fund
- GAC: Global Affairs Canada