Past Programs

Development of Agricultural Extension Centers
2006 - 2012


Funded by the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture and a philanthropic group of Mexicans of Lebanese Origins, the Development of Agricultural Extension Centers in Southern Lebanon ran from 2006 to 2012.


Beginning in 2006, the YMCA worked to rehabilitate 3 agricultural extension centers in South Lebanon to improve their services in the wake of the July 2006 war. In October 2009, the contract between the YMCA and the Ministry of Agriculture was renewed for 3 years to run the technical centers for the following purposes:


  • Improve and develop the management of the centers by activating partnerships between them and the local community.

  • Reduce the agricultural cost of production by training the farmers on new techniques of production.

  • Improve the production of olive oil and honey in both the quantity and the quality.



“The Rural Development and Agriculture Program is active on a national level, engaging farmers, food production cooperatives, students, consultants and government officials on a daily basis.  The various programs work closely with the Vocational Training Department to provide new agricultural techniques that improve the livelihoods of rural communities. The department promotes methods that protect the environment and create more sustainable means of food production for Lebanon and beyond.”