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Issue 2, June 2006
Cedars Plus program for agribusiness development. Financed by USAID – CHF
ADR’s microcredit program will allot US$ 350,000, of which US$ 200,000 is granted from USAID/CHF and US$ 150,000 is ADR’s matching contribution, into micro-financial services to existing and new rural agri-businesses including farmers and fishermen. Loans will focus on agribusinesses as well as related input and service providers.
USAID-CHF is also granting US$ 40,000 to the Agriculture program that will be allocated to expand current services of ADR cold storage facility to add a pre-cooling unit and conduct training and awareness on the benefits of the pre-cooling, cold storage and sorting services for citrus and other fruits and vegetables. To get to know more about our cold storage and other services provided at our Agricultural Center visit our website.
CUDMOS – Children and Youth Development and Mobilization of Opportunities
The project falls under the Community Development Projects (CDP) executed by the council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), under funds granted by the World Bank. The project was conceived around main challenges pertaining to the situation of children and youth in Lebanon and will develop activities concerning:
A consortium composed of three NGOs (ADR, Arc en Ciel and RMF) will implement the project nationwide; ADR will be responsible for implementation in South Lebanon.
Oxfam and ADR will work together to provide the services needed to assess current practices and recommend actions that can latter be developed into a medium term action plan.
A survey will be conducted to compile information about fruit and vegetable growers of 60 locations in the limited area of the Caza of Tyr. The information will cover personal data (age, family, number of children etc), cultural practices (irrigation, pesticides and fertilizer use, harvesting, post harvesting, marketing, management methods etc.) production (type, amount, varieties etc.) economical status (budgeting and cost of production, revenue, cost/benefit analysis etc) and other issues.
Workshops for farmers will also be conducted with the aim of sharing survey results, raise awareness on common problems and develop recommendations.
Meetings with NGOs and public institutions will be arranged to involve them in the project, raise awareness on the findings of the survey and discuss subsequent phases of the project.
The results of the survey will be reviewed with the stakeholders and documented into an assessment, a brochure and articles to be published in specialized magazines and newspapers.
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