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Study Agriculture and Agribusiness at FAFS! ​


Dean shares a message with the graduating class of 2020 


Laboratories for the Environment, Agriculture, and Food (LEAF) 

Dr. Issmat Kassem on beach pollution and the use of colistin in Lebanon 


Dr. Issmat Kassem's interview on beach pollution in Lebanon during MTV's prime time news segment “لوين واصلين"​

NFSC student Lynn Berjawi aids vulnerable families during COVID-19 pandemic 


Rami Zuraryk and Omar Obeid on “Food Security and Nutritional Immunity”

ESDU shares the activities and initiatives they have taken since the pandemic spread in March. 


ESDU team under Ardi Ardak initiative distributed in Shmustar, Kasarnaba, Bednayel and Arsal 500 packages of seedlings & seeds in collaboration with theSamidoun campaign of Aljadeed TV


 ESDU's Ardi Ardak, in collaboration with Nadine Labaki, launch Zarriiet Albe campaign​e

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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.

FAFS’ Omar 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.”

Dean 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.

2019 ​

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​ 
La​​unch 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​​​.


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

​La​u​nch of IFPRI's 2018 Global F​​ood 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.”​

​​​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.” 

​​Professor Muhammad Yunus interview at FAFS​

FAFS had the honour to host and int​erview 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 Nud​ge 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​​​​

​​Agriculture Professor, Dr. Yusuf Abou Jawdah, Interview on Agricultural Pesticides Suspected to be Carcinogenic

Dr. Yusuf Abou Jawdah, professor from the Department of Agriculture, discusses that some ​agricultural pesticides suspected to be carcinogenic in an interview on NewTV. Dr. Abou Jawdah clarified that, concerning these pesticides, the Ministry of Agriculture is highly committed to the safety of people and the environment and is following the strictest regulations as adopted in Europe. 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.

​​In​terview 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 securi​ty 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 Barbou​r, was interviewed on Al Manar’s show “Nahar​ Jadeed – Sahtak Sah Segment” in early February, 201​7 to tackle the issue o​​f the new emerging Avian Influenza (bird flu) - H5N8 virus.​​ READ MORE

​FAFS Professor Elie Barbour’s TV Interview ​about the “Problem of Seagulls and Aviation Safety in Beirut Ai​​rport”​

FAFS professor in Veterinary Science, Dr. Elie Barbour, who graduate​d from School of Veterinary Med​​icine in University of Minnesota, St. Paul, was interviewe​d on January 12, 2017 by LBC reporter Raneem Bou Khzam to tackle the issue of bird strikes on airplanes.​ 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 (M​ENA) 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: 55:3​5​​

​​FAFS Celebrates AUB’s 150th Anniversary​

In celebration of AUB’s 150th anniversary, and with its slogan “Healthy Earth, Healthy Food, Healthy People,” AUB’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) held a two-day event under the theme “Together towards a Sustainable Community” on the 29th and 30th of September 2016.​​​​​

Nutrition and Food: Ongoing Journey for Better Health​​

Arab Women: Keepers of the Land

Food and Nutrition Security in the MENA Region​


​​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

​AUB Guest Lecturer and World Bank Consultant: Food Security Impacts Poverty and Politics and is One of the Causes of Arab Spring

Jane Harrigan, political economist, consultant to the World Bank and FAO, and professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London presented a lecture on "The Economics of Food Security" on November 30, 2011, which was sponsored by the FAFS and was part of a lecture series that will act as a prelude to the establishment of degree and non-degree programs in food security at FAFS. REA​D MORE


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