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"We're hungry!": Lebanon's Food, Water, Agriculture Challenges
Dean Rabi Mohtar, hosted by AUB journalist-in-residence Rami Khouri during the AUB COVID-19 Briefings, discusses food stresses in Lebanon and ways to harness the food, water, energy nexus.
Proud Graduates of FAFS!
We are proud of our alumni and our ambassadors who carry the
values of our faculty throughout their careers. Watch prominent FAFS alumni
share about the importance
of pursing an education at FAFS and the promising opportunities it offers.
FAFS’ Ali Assi, a
soldier in the war against COVID-19
“I am eager to take part in the
change that FAFS is leading. FAFS inspired me and in my turn, I want to inspire
others to help in keeping a healthy community. Lebanon needs us!,” Ali Assi, a
FAFS food microbiology student volunteering with the Ministry of Public
Health. “I am helping control the spread of the virus by applying the
skills that I’ve acquired at FAFS to help the ministry teams in epidemiological
surveillance, collecting random samples from all over Lebanon for PCR testing,
and investigating how the virus spreads.
Bahlawan is on the ground and fighting COVID-19
Omar Bahlawan, a student of Public Health Nutrition at FAFS
and FHS, is interning at the Ministry of Public Health’s Preventive Medicine
Office where he works on the COVID 19 file in Lebanon. “FAFS has always taught
us that promoting Healthy Earth, Healthy Food, and Healthy People should be at
the core of what we do. I want to help my country and my community fight the
spread of this pandemic.”
Mohtar addresses future societal leaders of change
Ideas to Reality: The American University of Beirut using machine learning to help farmers
FAFS’ Dr. Hadi Jaafar and AUB team were awarded the Google AI Impact Challenge to develop a smartphone app to help farmers irrigate their fields precisely using remote sensing and machine learning. This mobile app allows farmers to become more efficient with existing water resources.
Ardi Ardak on MTV
The economic crisis unfolding during the Coronavirus lockdown is keeping the most vulnerable Lebanese communities under unbearable pressures to find their daily sustenance. As part of its mission, ESDU is keen to support our local communities in this time of hardship. A Mouneh Box initiative, established in collaboration with the Lebanese League for Women in Business, the Food Heritage Foundation, and Zico House under the Ardi Ardak Initiative, will allow boxes to be sent to the most vulnerable communities, to aid both the beneficiaries and the suppliers. On March 30, the first batch of Mouneh boxes were sent to 40 elderly recipients who are unable to leave their homes and to West Bekaa families in need. These Boxes contained essential food items, locally produced by small scale producers in Lebanese rural areas.
|Research day at AREC|
FAFS faculty, staff and students from Department of Agriculture, the WEFRAH research group, the UNIFERT global community (sister countries from Jordan, Syria and Iran), dealers and big farmers, and other guests showcased their final projects in an exceptional FAFS research and UNIFERT open field day (July 31) during which they learned about the projects and ongoing research at AREC, and attended UNIFERT’s field day on the trials of their wide variety of vegetables at UNIFERT’s site. READ MORE
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|Water solutions by young Arab leaders in the first Water Innovation Lab in Lebanon|
FAFS at AUB hosted the first Water Innovation Lab in Lebanon (WIL Lebanon) for one week in Bekaa Valley at AREC. Young community leaders, engineers, architects, entrepreneurs, professionals and experts joined to explore, study, and resolve some of Lebanon’s most pressing water challenges. READ MORE
|Launch of the IFPRI 2019 report on revitalizing Lebanon’s rural areas and the WBG competition for innovation in agriculture|
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) hosted two exciting consecutive launches on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. The first session was the launch of the IFPRI 2019 Global Food Policy Report: Revitalizing Rural Areas in Lebanon and the second was the soft launch of the World Bank Group (WBG) DigitalAG4MENA Competition. READ MORE
|FAFS 2019 Graduate Reception|
A reception and award ceremony honoring the FAFS graduating class of 2019 took place on May 27, in the Charles Hostler auditorium and terrace. The audience included President Fadlo R. Khuri and his spouse Dr. Lamya Khuri who is also an FAFS EAB member, Provost Mohamad Harajli, former Minister Dr. Inaya Ezzeddine, FAFS EAB Chairman Mr. Khalid Sinno, members of the AUB Administration, FAFS academic and administrative family, and students, all of whom proudly and joyously celebrated with the families of the new graduates. READ MORE
|Dr. Farah Naja’s interview on Mediterranean Diet with Télé Liban|
In a TV interview, Dr. Naja described the Mediterranean dietary pattern and underscored its benefits not only on human health but also on the environment. READ MORE
|Launch of the EAT-Lancet commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems: Food in the Anthropocene|
The FAFS Food Security Program hosted (April 15) the launch of the EAT-Lancet commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems: Food in the Anthropocene as part of the FAFS Seminar Series. One of a series of over 30 launches held in major cities around the globe and including Oslo, Paris, London, Rome, New York, Mexico City, Addis Ababa, Melbourne, and Jakarta, the Beirut launch event a collaborative event with the EAT-forum and the EAT-Lancet commission. READ MORE
|Souk Aal Souk Farmers’ Market, Fall edition|
ESDU organized its monthly Souk Aal Souk Farmers’ Market in partnership with the Food Heritage Foundation on October 11. Local farmers and food producers gathered to offer AUB students, university staff, and visitors healthy options for breakfast and lunch, as well as mouneh and handcrafts. The Fall Souk hosted Al-Ghad TV, which interviewed ESDU’s executive officer Mabelle Chedid, the food producers, and the students visiting the market.
|LDEM Student Summer Workshop|
Students of LDEM 249 held a three day summer workshop at AREC in July 2018, during which they built an outdoor gazebo of metal and wood. READ MORE
|Launch of IFPRI's 2018 Global Food Policy Report Food Security from Global to MENA|
FAFS and the Food Security Program, in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), hosted the launch of IFPRI’s 2018 Global Food Policy Report labeled “Food Security from Global to MENA.” READ MORE
|The Raji and Fawzieh Sinno Promising Leader in Agriculture Award Ceremony|
AUB hosted Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus over two days and honored high school students who won a competition for best solutions to Lebanon’s agricultural problems at the first Raji and Fawzieh Sinno Promising Leader in Agriculture Award. The award was launched by AUB’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) with this year’s theme “Agriculture in Lebanon: Challenges and Solutions.” READ MORE
|Professor Muhammad Yunus interview at FAFS|
FAFS had the honour to host and interview Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus in April, 2018 in the presence of FAFS students, faculty and staff.
|Dean Mohatar at the Nudge Conference: Behavioral Economics and Nudge in the Arab Region: Lessons Learned & Challenges Ahead|
Dean Mohtar participated in a session entitled "Applying Behavioral Insights to Health and the Environment" during a conference on Behavioral Economics and Nudge in the Arab Region: Lessons Learned & Challenges Ahead at AUB.
|Crop Production & Protection students’ field visits to RobinsonAgri & DebbaneAgri|
On April 24, a field trip was organized for students attending the AGSC 203 - Crop Production and Protection course, accompanied by Dr. Yusuf Abou Jawdah and Miss Hana Sobh. The trip focused on visiting two of the most advanced horticultural farms/nurseries in Lebanon. READ MORE
|Crop Production & Protection students’ field visit to pioneering firms & farms|
Dr. Yusuf Abou Jawdah and Miss Hana Sobh organized a field trip to three commercial production firms/farms in the South of Lebanon for students attending the course AGSC 203 - Crop Production and Protection on March 27. READ MORE
|Interview with LDEM Professor, Dr. Rami Zurayk, on Food and Nutrition Security|
Dr. Rami Zurayk, Professor and Chair of the LDEM Department at FAFS, discusses the various issused on food and nutrition security during an interview with Ms. Rachel Bahn of the Food Security Program.
|Interview with Dr. Shadi Hamadeh about the Key Concerns of Food and Nutrition Security|
Dr. Shadi Hamadeh, Professor of Animal Sciences at FAFS, discusses the key concerns of food and nutrition security related to his unique experience in an interview with Ms. Rachel Bahn of the Food Security Program.
|FAFS Dean Nahla Hwalla’s Interview about New FAFS Masters Program in Food security|
Dr. Nahla Hwalla, Professor of Human Nutrition and Dean of FAFS, discusses the relevance of food and nutrition security during an interview with Ms. Rachel Bahn of the Food Security Program – recorded February 21, 2017.
|FAFS Professor Elie Barbour’s TV Interview about the New Emerging Avian Influenza “H5N8”|
FAFS professor in Veterinary Science, Dr. Elie Barbour, was interviewed on Al Manar’s show “Nahar Jadeed – Sahtak Sah Segment” in early February, 2017 to tackle the issue of the new emerging Avian Influenza (bird flu) - H5N8 virus. READ MORE
|Leading International Water Expert Tony Allan Puts Food-Water Security on Forefront for MENA Region|
Addressing a crowd of more than 60 students, faculty, staff, experts in related fields and external guests, Professor Allan shed light on water and food security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and analyzed the current and future status and role of water in the region. READ MORE
|Dean Hwalla and AVP Saleh talk about AUB's Vision on Health|
Dean Hwalla and AVP Saleh talk about AUB's Vision on Health: “Health 2025” and the newly launched interdisciplinary program: Nutrition, Obesity, and Related Diseases (NORD).
- Interview starts at minute: 55:35
|400 Million Mouths to Feed: FAFS Co-Hosts the Presentation of the 2014 AFED Report|
FAFS co-hosted the presentation of the 2014 report developed by the Arab Forum for the Environment and Development (AFED) titled “Arab Environment 7: Food Security - Challenges and Prospects.” READ MORE
2014 - 2011
|AUB-led Multi-Institutional Research Team Finds that Obesity Among Children is on the Rise|
During a special half-day seminar held at AUB on January 20, 2012, the latest results of a three-year collaborative study on undernutrition and obesity were disseminated. READ MORE
|FAFS 2012 Graduation Reception Ceremony|
On June 14th, 2012 the Dean of FAFS, Dr. Nahla Hwalla along with FAFS Faculty members held a reception ceremony in honor of the graduating class of 2012. During the ceremony graduate and undergraduate awards where distributed to outstanding students.
|Participants at AUB Symposium on Food Safety Urge Consumers to Complain in Defense of Their Rights|
Enhancing food safety standards in Lebanon will not only protect the local consumer but also open up a number of trade opportunities for food manufacturers, said participants at an AUB symposium on food safety and consumer rights. READ MORE
|AUB Hosts Scientific Conference on the Basics of Balanced and Sensible Nutrition|
Organized by the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department (NFSCD) at FAFS in collaboration with the Lebanese Association for Nutrition and Food Sciences (LANFS), and Oldways, the conference gathered 11 international and regional scholars, nutritionists and other health professionals. READ MORE
|AUB Conference: Academic and Research Institutions Have a Role in Reducing Food Insecurity|
During a two-day regional conference held at the AUB, academics and members of international, regional and local organizations agreed that it is the duty of academic institutions to contribute to the training of policymakers and practitioners, entrepreneurs and managers, as well as experts and researchers who can act as agents of change capable of addressing food insecurity. READ MORE