Bassel Daher, Ph.D.

As Lebanon faces compound challenges including a pandemic, economic, financial and political failure,
a looming food security crisis is rapidly approaching. Much of this crisis could be attributed to the lack of
long-term planning and investment in the sustainability of the agricultural sector. Another challenge lies in
the existing disconnect between decision-making between the agricultural sector, and other interconnected
sectors, including water, energy, health, economy, among others.

This is exacerbated by the lack of integrative national tools that allow for quantifying the trade-offs
associated with possible plans and interventions, which could play a role in facilitating a dialogue between
multiple sectors and stakeholder groups. Supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations, the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut has worked
toward evaluating stakeholder perceptions toward existing resource challenges and willingness to
implement proposed interventions at the farm scale.

Link to policy brief

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