Chadra Akkar agriculture industry development

working on improving the agricultural organic products quality and quantity to prevent migration by building a food products factory

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Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Agricultural cooperative if Chadra

Year founded

1980

Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $250k - $500k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 250 - 500

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Lebanon

Headquarters location: City

Chadra, Akkar, North Lebanon

Location(s) of impact

the impacted region may grow with the growth of this project
starting from Chadra, then Akkar, then the whole Lebanese country side

Facebook URL

https://www.facebook.com/groups/agricoopchadra

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Our region is facing a problem migration towards the cities of Lebanon due to the facts of lack of business opportunities and the low profit of the agricultural field due to the absence of governmental support and the lack of investors that leads to crop recession

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Our region main crop is the extra virgin olive oil alongside other products such as honey, grapes, pomegranate and much more.
Our goal is to expand the work of the cooperative in order to build an organic food factory alongside the existing olive press in order to produce high end packaged products ready for the market
this factory will collect the crop of resident and regional farmers and give them the opportunity to expose and sell their products in the market

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Since 1980 the Agriculture cooperative of Chadra has worked on improving the quality and sustainability of the region's crop helping the farmers by providing all substantials needed such as tractors, harvestings machines, seedlings, fertilizers and much more, alongside the constant update with yearly held awareness and educational conferences, helping farmers to improve their crops
Recently in 2010 the cooperative took a step that gave the local farmers the opportunity to control their extracted olive oil by building an oil press in which the farmer now control his crop from A to Z starting from raising the tree thru harvesting, pressing, and finally storing in INOX tanks
the cooperative originated more than 100 job opportunities for harvesters, drivers and oil press technicians, not to mention the facilities for the local farmers
as for environmental value the oil press is the best technology up to date, also the olive residues is pressed into firewood reducing demand on trees

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

in the 1980's the cooperative was a startup with no financial support, as a local initiative with the absence of municipality role during the Lebanese civil war.
our growth was consistent and our role went far beyond agricultural responsibilities, by building roads, watercourses, sewage system, support walls, small bridges...
in current time the cooperative's properties and collectables are worth between 800 000 & 1 000 000 USD (2 buildings, 3 tractors with their equipment, 1 pickup, 27 olive harvesters, 25 inox tanks, 500kg oil press, 2 electrical generators, olive residues wood press)
Our cooperative depends on local and international funding from NGOS international agencies,
1- 10% Individual donations or gifts
2- 40% Grants
3- 0% Corporate contributions
4- 40% Earned income

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

our initiative is the only one in Lebanon to have the only and major purpose is to benefit the local farmers and not the big businessmen, we are a non-profit local cooperative that is owned by the farmers by being shareholders, our aim is to help the farmers and fight the migration towards the city, by investing in a healthy organic food factory.
we already proved the efficacy but it's in a slow process due to the lack of funding, but all the studies confirm its importance and sustainability

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

in the 1980's, with the heritage of our ancestors, the farmers of Chadra who owns more than 6000 hectares of land, joined forces to start a cooperative initiative, with the target of agricultural prosperity, by granting agricultural awareness and education, providing seedlings, fertilizers, pesticides & all agriculture equipment at basic costs.
with time, the responsibilities and goals went higher and bigger, till we reached a variety of crops and products (olive oil, honey, pomegranate, carob, thyme...)
this variety make us think about post-production, which is our motivation to build this food factory that helps in providing market-ready products, without mentioning the job opportunities that this project will offer to the region

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others

Evaluation results

3 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 0%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 33.3%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 66.7%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 66.7%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 66.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 33.3%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 33.3%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 33.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 66.7%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 100%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 33.3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 66.7%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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Photo of Arianna De Mario

great approach, congratulations on empowering local farmers to take control of their crop from A to Z!