“We are working on finding alternative crops for tobacco, in order to help Lebanese farmers who are struggling due to the increase of input cost, decrease in water availability, labor and absence of markets,” says local engineer and farmer Khalil Oleik who created the Land and People Association along with Dr. Rami Zurayk after the 2006 July war.
“We help the farmers by allowing them to use these facilities, providing them markets and advertising to sell their products.”
In addition, they fund alternative crops to tobacco, in order to help Lebanese farmers struggling to survive the increase of the input cost, decrease in water availability and labor and absence of markets.
Thyme is one of the crops Land and People works to support to ensure its cultivation. "
By Simba Russeau for Menassat