Agricultural Revival Program


Agricultural Revival Program

The Agricultural Revival Program (ARP) began in July 2020 under the National Development Committee (NDC) in response to Lebanon’s economic crisis. ARP aims to reduce dependence on imported agricultural products by increasing domestic productivity, particularly among small and medium-scale farmers.

The program focuses on enhancing food security, boosting family income, and improving agricultural practices through training and technical skills development.

ARP operates under a social cooperative model, organizing villages into hubs for the entire agricultural value chain, with a participatory decision-making process.

By partnering with farmers, ARP planted various grains and legumes, resulting in significant harvests used for animal feed and food products.

With support from SJIP, ARP is expanding exponentially, aiming to replant a larger area and increase production for both consumption and sale.

ARP offers a unique approach to agricultural development, focusing on sustainability, community empowerment, and national resilience. It catalyzes domestic production growth, bolsters food security, establishes a strategic reserve, empowers rural communities, centralizes surplus distribution, aids those facing economic hardship, and serves as a model for future agricultural development.

Moving forward, ARP plans to advocate for government subsidies favoring domestically produced flour, strengthen its resource model, optimize the value chain, diversify crops, expand markets, empower farmers, engage the community, and ensure transparent financial management. A key advocacy goal is to shift flour subsidies towards domestically produced products, promoting healthy nutritional alternatives and increasing self-sustainability through marketing revenues