Project profile — Supporting Productive Sectors Development Program in Lebanon


UNDP - United Nations Development Programme (41114)
2020-03-30 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Lebanon (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (20.00%)
• Agriculture: Agricultural education/training (31181) (48.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (32.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to support Lebanon’s manufacturing (agro-food) and agriculture sectors, which have been identified as having a high potential for job creation for women and youth in disadvantaged areas. The project works to promote equal access to economic opportunities for women and men in productive sectors, in order to support social and economic equality and stimulate economic growth. Project activities include: (1) developing strategies and legislative reviews; (2) supporting infrastructure investment; and (3) enhancing skills and production capacities for farmers, cooperatives, and small businesses.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened gender response in policies and legislation to address key barriers to women’s economic participation; (2) increased market access for medium and small businesses; (3) enhanced leadership and business management skills for women entrepreneurs in the agro-food sector; (4) increased access to upgraded technology and matching grants for farming families; (5) increased knowledge and skills in good agricultural practices and in quality and safe products for farming families; (6) increased knowledge and skills in environmental sustainability for businesses; and (7) strengthened ability for youth to be matched to work placements.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) strengthened the environment to enable women’s economic participation and addressed key policies and legislative barriers. The project assessed 10 legislatures impacting women’s economic participation. It also published a report identifying key legislative and policy reforms needed to address women’s vulnerabilities. The project continued to facilitate reform efforts through joint lobbying and roundtable consultations involving members of parliament, academics, civil society organizations, UN agencies, agricultural and gender experts, Chief Executive Officers, lawyers, women leaders, entrepreneurs and agricultural workers; (2) increased market access for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs); (3) enhanced women entrepreneurs’ leadership and business management skills by developing two e-platforms. This includes the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) portal on food safety requirements and the Ministry of Economy and Trade (MOET) portal on export readiness; (4) enhanced women entrepreneurs' leadership and business management skills by publishing six reports on the Ministry of Industry (MoI) website on good manufacturing practices in selected value chains; (5) enhanced women entrepreneurs' leadership and business management skills by training 24 staff members from MoA, MoET, and MoI to continue developing market intelligence reports, feasibility studies and maintaining the e-platforms; (6) enhanced women entrepreneurs' leadership and business management skills by training 28 SMEs on export readiness (67% women-led businesses) and supported the participation of 87 MSMEs (55% women-led) in international fairs and business-to-business meetings. This resulted in seven businesses (three women-led) concluding business deals. The most common markets are France, the Ivory Coast, and the USA; (7) enhanced women entrepreneurs' leadership and business management skills by strengthening the business management skills of 174 businesses (94% female). Also, 20 entrepreneurs, mainly women and young people, received a grant to implement their business plan; (8) provided seed funding to 28 farm businesses to access business development services, machinery, and technology to improve the quality of their products; and (9) increased knowledge and skills in good agricultural practices and, quality and safe products for farming families. The project provided awareness-raising sessions and trained 304 farmers (177 women) on Good Agricultural Practices and Occupational Safety Hazard.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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