Examining Lebanese Stakeholders' Frames in the Fields of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development with regards to the Effectiveness and Potential of European Trade and Assistance Policies in Lebanon

This paper is part of a series of working papers that evaluate the effectiveness of existing European Union policies in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries from a bottom-up perspective as part of the MEDRESET project. The focus will be on the policies applied in the agriculture and water sectors in Lebanon. The methods used include literature review and qualitative assessment. Based on the latter, the paper explores the assessments of EU policies and recommendations given by key stakeholders in the fields of agriculture and water through a series of interviews and content analysis of their various publications. Special consideration is given to the problems of international trade, impoverished infrastructure and resources protection. Finally, the paper will attempt to pinpoint the most prominent policy issues and devise accordingly a cohesive strategy that could be used to support and guide Lebanon in the development and implementation of national policies in the fields of agriculture, water and rural development.

Rome, IAI, October 2018, 38 p.
Working Paper 22
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1. Background Information on Lebanon’s Agriculture and Water Sectors
1.1 Agriculture and Water Profile
1.2 Main Policy and Legislative Issues and Developments in the Agriculture and Water Sectors in Lebanon
1.2.1 National Level
1.2.2 International Level
2. A Qualitative Analysis of Stakeholders’ Frames in the Area of Agriculture and Water
2.1 Methodology
2.2 Framing Agriculture and Water within a Broader Policy Context
2.3 Framing Agriculture and Water-related Policy Challenges and Priorities
2.4 Evaluating the Effectiveness of Agriculture- and Water-related EU Trade and Assistance Policies
3.5 Evaluating the Potential of Agriculture- and Water-related EU Trade and Assistance Policies
Annex 1: Overview of Main Stakeholders Involved in Policy-Making in the Agriculture and Water Sectors in Lebanon
Annex 2: List of interviewed stakeholders
Annex 3: Questionnaires

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