Lebanon’s multi-faceted crisis, including the economic meltdown, the impact of the Syrian crisis and the detrimental effects of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut port explosion, in addition to the fuel crisis have taken a severe toll on the agri-food and agricultural sector, making access to finance strenuous, the import of raw material costly and disrupting trade operations and the industry value chain, among others. These mounting challenges make supporting job creation and economic opportunities, especially for the most vulnerable in the most disadvantaged areas, a top priority to support Lebanon’s recovery.
Against this backdrop, six UN entities have joined forces and developed a three-year Productive Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 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 PSDP consists of activities that are implemented at three levels, namely at National policy (Macro level); Access to Markets (Meso Level); and Direct beneficiary support (Micro level). These entail the following three-fold outcomes, namely:
(1) To improve an enabling policy environment for women’s economic empowerment and participation in the productive sector (Macro level);
(2) Improve access of women and men-led Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to markets in the productive sector (Meso level);
(3) Improve the capacity of women and men farmers, women-led cooperatives, women-led micro, small and medium enterprises, as well as male-led entities, in creating and sustaining gender equitable job opportunities and adopting environmentally sustainable practices (Micro level).
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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
- EOC: Embassy of Canada