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Lebanon: Food Security End of Year Dashboard 2016

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The end of year dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. The Food Security sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Promote food availability; OUTCOME 2) Promote food accessibility; OUTCOME 3) Promote food utilization; OUTCOME 4) Promote food stabilization.

**KEY ACHIEVEMENTS **

• 900,000 individuals from all population groups were assisted in 2016 by Food Security Sector partners through a combination of direct humanitarian assistance (up to 886,193 individuals reached through dierent types of food assistance) and agricultural livelihoods interventions. The food assistance provided has helped stabilize the situation – ensuring poor and food insecure families can meet their basic food needs.

• In support of the most vulnerable Lebanese population cohorts, sector partners increased their interventions to assisting 5,400 farmers to promote sustainable agricultural and livestock production, energy and water conservation technologies, postharvest management, food losses and monitoring of plant and animal diseases through capacity building activities and distribution of agricultural inputs and tools. To improve the employability in the agricultural sector, all seven of the Ministry of Agriculture Technical schools were supported, where more than 2,419 youth were enrolled in both short and long term courses receiving trainings on agriculture and employability skills as well as basic literacy and numeracy. Job creation activities were initiated at the end of 2016, where to date, around 400 vulnerable individuals have been employed as casual (88%) and seasonal labourers in the agriculture sector.

• More than 13,000 individuals (both Lebanese and displaced Syrians 82%) were supported for improved nutritional practices, of which more than 12,000 through the introduction of micro-gardening activities at household level and around 1,000 through food preservation and transformation techniques and kits.

• In support of national institutions, around 300 staff from the Ministry of Agriculture, Lebanese customs, Airport Authorities, Order of Engineers (Tripoli), Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute, and the Lebanese University (faculty of Agriculture) received capacity building on various topics including food security, information management and statistics, monitoring of plant diseases, etc.

• With specific reference to the provision of direct assistance and the effort to establish a harmonized approach, WFP, UNHCR, UNICEF and LCC started since October 2016 distribution of the Common Card to displaced Syrian households in Lebanon. The e-cards can be used in any of the 490 WFP-contracted shops across the country and any of the thousands of ATMS across Lebanon, depending on the type of assistance loaded. The humanitarian agencies are striving to provide all forms of cash assistance on this single, common card and maximize effiency gains in the delivery of assistance to vulnerable households.