The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has been present in Lebanon since 1977. In accordance with the Organization’s mandate, the FAO Representation in Lebanon has always sought to promote a harmonious and sustainable development of the agricultural sector in consultation with directly or indirectly-related ministerial departments. FAO played a crucial role in supporting Lebanese livelihoods and food production during the civil war and through the recovery phase – also after the 2006 war.
The conflict in Syria and the large influx of refugees has put enormous pressure on an already stretched agriculture sector. FAO is working to restore the agricultural livelihoods of rural communities hosting refugees and to prevent the spread of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs), plant trans-boundary diseases and pests in refugee affected areas.