LIVCD - Processed Foods - Pickles - How It's Made
Lebanon’s food processing industry has grown steadily over the last five years and has become one of the country’s largest sources of employment. In fact, according to the Ministry of Industry, Lebanon’s food processing industry made up almost 20% of the country’s exports in 2015. The USAID-funded LIVCD project partnered with cooperatives and private companies in the processed food sector in order to improve the rural economy through agriculture related products, including pickles, vinegar, jam and freekeh. The program made strategic investments to introduce new technologies, upgrade capacity and skills, and improve the quality and value of processed food products. Project Highlights • Partnered with 8 pickling companies representing 85% of the pickling industry to convert from using traditional barrels to tank fermentation technology, improving quality and increasing production capacity. • Introduced two new technologies, developed in Lebanon, through a public private partnership with National Instruments to automate CO2 removal system for the pickling process and an optical sorter for cucumber selection. • Enhanced vinegar making know-how for better product quality and increase the efficiency of the vinegar making process. • Facilitated linkages between Lebanese Agriculture Research institution (LARI) and over 80 farmers to plant a new wheat variety for freekeh production. • Supported the automation of freekeh processing for eight cooperatives located in the Bekaa and South Lebanon. • Partnered with the private sector to introduce fresh locally made apple juice to the Lebanese market, increasing procurement of grade 3 apples. • Introduced enterprises to environmental management solutions, such as water filtration, recycling and waste water management, and solar energy systems. • Collaborated to develop a local pure culture for vinegar ¬making to shorten the production cycle period and lower production costs. Thanks to the LIVCD intervention: • 587 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including farmers and other organizations, received business development services. • 52 MSMEs received assistance and training on ways to apply and access financial services and loans. • $5.9 million in loans were facilitated with USAID assistance to support MSMEs in terms of technical upgrading. • 829 women were assisted to improve existing businesses and supported in establishing new businesses. • 416 farmers and other value chain actors were supported to apply improved technologies, harvesting and post harvesting techniques, and handling and storage techniques. • 130 MSMEs have benefitted from business linkages established by LIVCD. • 313 jobs have been extended or made permanent, including women processors, farmers, and cooperative members. • 1,164 processors, farmers and cooperative members have received training on new equipment, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), and Good Management Practices (GMP).
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