Lebanon

Photo: Florian Seriex for Action Against Hunger, Lebanon
Population
6.8 million
Human Development Index
76 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
149 employees
Program Start
2006

People Helped in 2019: 170,146

3,673
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
163,168
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
3,305
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Lebanon, a historically rich eastern Mediterranean country, is a sharply divided nation whose fragile peace is routinely threatened by conflicts taking place across the Middle East. Beyond the tensions that endure between its various religious and political factions, Lebanon also faces a number of humanitarian hurdles like an underdeveloped agricultural south, a growing refugee burden, and spillover from the war in neighboring Syria.

Southern Lebanon’s economy, in particular, has been weakened by debt, a lack of investment, and ongoing conflicts that have prevented a resurgence of the agricultural sector. Action Against Hunger been present in Lebanon since 2006, in response to the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel that resulted in 1,200 lives lost, $900 million in infrastructure damage, and heavy losses in the agricultural sector. 

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After nine years of conflict in Syria, refugee management continues to be one of the more pressing issues. This has a profound impact on the access to basic services and livelihoods, not only for the refugees themselves but also for the host population. The Syrian crisis has generated increasing political, social and economic pressure in Lebanon, which hosts more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees - one of the largest concentrations of refugees per capita in the world. 

Given the impact of the Syrian crisis and the subsequent influx of a staggering number of refugees fleeing the violence, Action Against Hunger rapidly increased our work in Lebanon – from Bekaa to the entire South region, including important programs in difficult to reach areas – to deliver emergency aid, food security and nutrition programs to populations with immense needs. Our food security and water and sanitation programs have expanded as tensions and instability grow, with our teams distributing livestock, rehabilitating farms and fields, providing veterinary services to prevent disease, and training communities in water and sanitation management. As refugees pour in from the Syrian conflict, our teams will continue to support new arrivals and host communities alike.​

In recent years, Lebanon's total population has increased by 25 percent, which has had a severe impact on the country’s fragile structure and local communities’ well-being. Action Against Hunger is working to ensure that our short-term assistance responds to lasting needs and that the Lebanese population benefit from the programs through local production and purchase, improved competition, and enterprise creation, helping refugees and host communities alike. 

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