Launching of the hydro agriculture development project of Marjeyoun area

17 Mar 2010

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  and the Litani River Authority are organizing a ceremony to launch the “Hydro Agriculture Development Project of Marjeyoun Area” in collaboration with the Government of Spain on Wednesday 17th of March at 10:00am at the premises of the Litani River Authority (5th Floor, Ibrahim Abdel Al conference room) in Bechara EL Khoury. 

H.E. Mr. Juan Karlos Gavo Ambassador of Spain will attend the ceremony alongside UNDP’s Resident Representative Ms. Marta Ruedas and the chairman of board of the Litani River Authority Dr. Salim Catafago. 

The “Hydro Agricultural Development Project of Marjeyoun” will set the infrastructure for the distribution network, will show the advantages and efficiency of modern irrigation techniques, will propose the new cropping patterns in the region with their socio-economic impact, and will support the establishment of a very much needed Water Users Association. The project will have a direct impact on the livelihood of the local communities affected by the July 2006 conflict by extending the areas suitable for agriculture and will provide direct assistance to the farmers through providing them with wheat seeds, or other field crops, to be cultivated on their lands for two consecutive years.

The project covers an area of approximately 522 hectares in the “Marjeyoun” North Perimeter, and specifically targets the towns of “Burghos”, “Blat”, “Dibbine”, “Ibl Essaki”, and “Jdaydit Marjeyoun”. More than 1,259 farmers are expcted to benefit from the project activities.

This initiative is funded by the Government of Spain through the Lebanese Recovery Fund (LRF) that was established shortly after the 2006 conflict. The United Nations Development Programme is managing the funds and implementation of this project in close collaboration with the national partner, the Litani River Authority. The Association of the Friends of Ibrahim Abd El Al, a local NGO specialising in the advocacy of water issues, will also be an active partner in the project.