Promoting Long-Term Self Sufficiency for Flower Farmers in Lebanon

Promoting Long-Term Self Sufficiency for Flower Farmers in Lebanon

Flowering plants in Lebanon.

CHF’s “Develop Flower Production and Marketing” project in South Lebanon began in 2002 in collaboration with USAID, the Hariri Foundation and the Cooperative of Protected Plantations and Roses.

The project was designed to develop the product-to-market cycle of the flowers anchor. An 882-m2 nursery with specialized types of greenhouses to produce seedlings was established and equipped with a seeding machine for flower propagation. A post-harvest facility for cut-flowers was also constructed and equipped with five cold storage units and one packing facility, in addition to an administration and training facility for the project use. Training sessions were also conducted to complement project activities and transfer international expertise to local farmers, trainers, traders, and other stakeholders.

Importing flower seedlings from Holland, Italy or Spain, farmers used to pay around 22 Dollar cents per seedling. After the project was implemented, they started having access to the nursery’s seedling varieties for a price of 6 Dollar cents. As a result, farmers saved more than 50% from initial operating expenses while accessing new, improved and disease-free seedlings varieties, which comply with international standards.

Besides currently producing around 1 million seedlings per year (covering 2 seasons with 500,000 seedlings each), the project creates about 40 jobs for the region’s seasonal labor,and provides access to various services at competitive prices. The project was officially inaugurated in September 2005 and has since then been successfully run by the Cooperative of Protected Plantations in Ad-Dousieh. This is just one of many examples of how CHF International’s programs are built for high impact and long-term sustainability.