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Clustering for Economic Development and Revitalization of Industry Sectors - CEDARSplus Program (2005 – 2007)

Funded by USAID, the two-year CEDARSplus program builds on its predecessor program CEDARS to significantly expand rural economic opportunities on a national and international scale in coordination with a variety of national, local, and international entities from the private, government, academic, and non-profit sectors. The overarching goal of the program is to substantially reduce rural-to-urban migration through the continued support of local producers, provision of national level strategies for training, extension services, information dissemination, and improved access to worldwide markets. CEDARSplus aims at increasing the competitiveness of the agribusiness sector through training, new technologies, and access to credit, linking producers to a wider range of buyers both inside and outside of Lebanon. With increased production, more income-earning opportunities will be available at all stages of the agricultural cycle, as well as in related light agro industries.