Challenges Facing the Agri-foo​d Industry in Lebanon Today

Posted on August 5, 2019

Berytech met up with important players in the Lebanese agri-food sector to discuss the challenges they are facing”

Berytech has dedicated an entire program to catalyze innovations in food and agriculture for the last 2 years. Indeed, the Agrytech Accelerator Program has already gone through two batched and has been renewed for 3 more years, supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Lebanon.

In this regard, the Agrytech Hackathon is a pipeline that allows professionals and experts from different backgrounds to build agri-food solutions that can lead to creating their own startup and potentially get them into the Accelerator, where they can grow their business.

Four Challenge Tracks

For the third edition of the Agrytech Hackathon, and like every year, Berytech met up with important players in the Lebanese agri-food sector to discuss the challenges they are facing that require innovative solutions. “We will then propose these challenges to the participants, who can choose one to work on or apply to the Hackathon with a challenge and a solution of their own,” explains Ramy Boujawdeh, Berytech Deputy GM and Agrytech Director.

Challenges fall under 4 different tracks: Farming, Post-harvest, Manufacturing/Processing, and Marketplace. They revolve around viticulture, cherry harvest, processing of olives and diagnosing their harvest time, sumac production, freekeh, treatment of daily waste, measurement of soil moisture content, reducing the excess of water in irrigation, traceability within the agricultural products and improving the image of exported agricultural products.

Read more about these real-life challenges and the companies and organizations that have set them out, here.