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Networking the Social and Agricultural Services in Lebanon










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    Policy brief
    Advancing rural advisory services to promote market-orientation in Lebanon
    Making rural services work for small-scale farmers
    2022
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    Rural advisory services play a crucial role in improving smallholders’ livelihoods and reducing rural poverty by equipping farmers with the information, knowledge and skills needed to increase their productivity and profitability, to manage risks, and to engage effectively with markets. This entails diverse services that empower farmers to make informed decisions, manage their farms as sustainable businesses, and act collectively to improve economic operations. This wide range of rural advisory services that address agricultural productivity, as well as producers’ organizational, management and marketing capacities, are recognized as market-oriented services. Such diverse services are often provided by multiple service providers from public, private and civil society organizations who engage in the delivery of services in different forms and capacities. Recognizing and leveraging this plurality of service providers has the potential to enhance the quality of services and inclusivity of the service system, ensuring that effective services are accessible to small-scale farmers and responsive to their diverse needs.
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    New directions for Inclusive Pluralistic Service Systems
    Report of FAO expert consultation
    2016
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    A growing variety of public and private agricultural advisory services are available today, leading to increasingly ‘pluralistic service systems’ (PSS) in which advisory services are provided by different actors and funding sources. PSS hold the potential to overcome constraints related to funding, staffing and expertise, and making advisory services more demand-driven. But are PSS really able to reach the millions of farmers in need of services? What are the characteristics of PSS necessary to improve access to services for diverse small-scale farmers? What actors, policies and mechanisms are needed to make such a system work in practice? How can public and private actors support service providers in improving the quality, relevance and reach of their services? These were some of the questions raised by FAO Expert Consultation on Inclusive PSS. This paper presents a synthesis of deliberations, and a set of policy recommendations and priority actions.
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    Brochure, flyer, fact-sheet
    Pluralistic market-oriented services 2017
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    For smallholder agriculture to prosper and transform itself, access to rural services is essential. Rural services that enable smallholders to overcome constraints to increase their productivity, manage their farms as a sustainable business, link to inputs and outputs markets and act collectively to improve their livelihoods are a first line of action to reduce rural poverty. Undoubtedly, improving rural services has long been on the development agenda. Yet, ensuring equitable access to rural se rvices remains a challenge that governments and their development partners need to address to improve rural livelihoods and overcome rural poverty. The pluralistic Market-Oriented Services (MOS) programme aims to address the critical role of rural services in enhancing agriculture-based livelihoods and reducing rural poverty . Emphasis is placed on advisory, financial and support services needed for smallholders to improve productivity, gain access to markets and increase their income to move o ut of poverty. This note outlines the conceptual framework for the pluralistic market-oriented services (MOS) programme, and briefly describes its objective, main dimensions and fields of action.

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