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Lebanon looks to sustainable agriculture

A Lebanese association, SOILS, is working to implement permaculture to help farmers develop sustainable, diversified and environmentally friendly long-term production.
Syrian workers are seen on a pick-up truck at an agricultural field in Wazzani village near the Lebanese-Israeli border, in south Lebanon July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho  (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS AGRICULTURE) - RTX123UI

Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren developed the concept of permaculture in 1978 as a creative design process bringing together knowledge, culture, habitats, and human and agricultural systems in the creation of a natural ecosystem. In 2014, the organization SOILS: Permaculture Association Lebanon began implementing permaculture in the Lebanese countryside through workshops and other training for farmers and garden lovers.

Rita Khawand, a former actress, co-founded the SOILS community after winning a social entrepreneurship competition organized by the nongovernmental organizations Arcenciel and Beyond Reform & Development. Its purpose is to develop a more sustainable environment based on the cohesion of various elements.

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