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From the Villages: Ziad Hourani discusses solidarity through e-commerce

From the Villages: Ziad Hourani discusses solidarity through e-commerce

Reading Time: 8 minutes Lebanon’s ongoing economic crisis—an indicator of which is the increased cost of living at a time when many are unemployed or have seen their salaries lose a chunk of their value due to the increase in the foreign exchange rate and price inflation—has highlighted Lebanon’s fragility when it comes to food sufficiency, defined by the

Q&A with Nadine Khoury, COO of Robinson Agri, on how COVID-19 has impacted agriculture

Reading Time: 5 minutes Lebanon’s ongoing economic crisis has highlighted the importance of well-functioning productive sectors—namely agriculture and industry—to a country’s GDP and economic well-being. This was further emphasized with the COVID-19 global pandemic significantly slowing down trade, disrupting food supply chains, and forcing each country to think of its own supply needs first. Executive spoke with Nadine Khoury,

McKinsey’s agriculture plan

Reading Time: 5 minutes When the conclusions of the $1.4 million McKinsey Lebanon Economic Vision first came to light, social media feeds were flooded with videos praising the consultancy firm’s magical solutions to the country’s economic woes: avocado and cannabis.  Many even began to imagine a Lebanon on its way to becoming an avocado toast and cannabis-infused-water-pipe millennials’ paradise.

All Lebanese must do their part to help revive the agricultural sector

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agriculture in Lebanon needs a revolution, and we should all be part of it. The sector is facing major challenges: Land is less farmed, younger generations are increasingly uninterested in farming, and national support for the sector is limited mainly to international donors’ programs, with little coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture to develop a

The UNIDO view on Lebanon’s industrial sector

Reading Time: 4 minutes History shows that roughly all developed countries, which currently benefit from a high standard of living, have gone through a period of successful industrialization—during which the industrial sector, benefiting from high levels of technological advancement and innovation, was the driving force behind national economic growth. A close look at Lebanon’s development pattern tells a different

Wine producers discuss domestic consumption

Reading Time: 7 minutes Sipping on a glass of Lebanese wine has value beyond the drinker’s enjoyment. As Edouard Kosremelli, general manager of Château Kefraya, puts it, drinking Lebanese wine supports the economy since thousands  of people are either directly or indirectly employed by the wine sector. Lebanese wine encompasses three industries (agriculture, industry, and hospitality and tourism), and

Maintaining growth

Reading Time: 4 minutes It was the famous Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran who said that a nation that does not produce—that does not eat bread from the wheat it harvests or wear the clothes it weaves—is a nation to be pitied. As Cristiano Pasini, representative and director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for Lebanon, Jordan,

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