Akkar is the poorest district of Lebanon: a recent UNDP report found that 63% of the families are deprived and face serious poverty. Located in the extreme north of the country, Akkar is an agricultural district, with an estimated rural population of 80%, the highest in
The landscape of Akkar is breathtakingly beautiful and extremely diverse. There are 3 principal physiographic zones: the plain (al Sahl), the mid-elevation plateau, and the mountains (al Jurd), which reach up to the tallest
Akkar was under quasi-feudal rule till recent times, and the current social and economic relations are still heavily impregnated with this history
society offer a tremendous potential that must be captured. In light of the dramatic increase in world food prices, this is the moment to do so.
Photos by Tanya Traboulsi