About the Program

Action for Rural Economic Development, ARED, is a consortium funded by the European Union, comprised of three NGOs: We World-Gruppo Di Volontariato Civile, Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II, and The Nawaya Network.

Through ARED, we work to promote local economic development in North East Bekaa, by:

  • Improving efficiency of agricultural production, mainly the fruit value chain
  • Increasing competitiveness in domestic and international markets
  • Creating income generation and job opportunities in the agri-food sector
  • Promoting the adoption of best practices in quality management systems and climate-smart agriculture
  • Strengthening the capacity of public institutions
  • Supporting micro, medium, and small enterprises and start-ups.

ARED aims to generate work opportunities in the region by:

  • Revitalizing and diversifying the local economy in targeted sectors
  • Reaching new markets
  • Working to make the local economy shock resilient notably targeting women and youth
  • Strengthening the capacities of local actors to engage in the promotion of local economic development while encouraging stability and participatory action in the region.

Consortium Partners

Action for Rural Economic Development is funded by the European Union, implemented in partnership with We World-Gruppo Di Volontariato Civile, Fondazione Giovanni Paolo II.