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The Food System Challenge: 10 food sector SMEs & Cooperatives, innovative solutions, a transformational journey

Jan 11 2022


The program allowed us to tackle topics related to the food system in Lebanon and its challenges. It is an open window for SMEs and cooperatives to dream and implement their dreams to turn them into impactful reality

The Food System Challenge has selected the first batch of 10 SMEs and cooperatives working in the agri-food sector. Their suggested solutions to key food system challenges were deemed by the expert selection panel to be innovative and highly impactful. The ten SMEs and cooperatives will receive support packages of business development services, technical assistance, and USD cash grants.

With Lebanon facing one of its most severe crises, Berytech and the World Food Program launched The Food System Challenge to support Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Cooperatives working across the food system with solutions that address the core challenges to improve food security and increase resilience in Lebanon by improving local production, transformation, and consumption.

Selected Participants

Out of 213 applicants to the first batch of the program, 102 projects were selected for further assessment. After thorough review the list was narrowed down to 22 SMEs and cooperatives, who pitched their ideas and solutions in front of a panel of expert jury members during a 2 day-pitching event.
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Source: Berytech