Contributing to Libya’s food security and economic development

Published: 7 May 2024
Authored by: Emmanuella Alevrofas

In the frame of our recent technical mission in Libya (as of May 2024), in the Benghazi area, we have visited a multitude of locations alongside our partners of a special Consortium gathered and organised by FarmTech. This consortium aims at evaluating the potential -in terms of Agriculture- of the area within the Jardinah Agricultural Project.

Meeting with the Consortium of the Jardinah Agricultural Project

Reorienting the city towards the sea

The coastal Benghazi area is willing to foster economic development, in a reconstruction effort, and promote environmental sustainability focusing on the regeneration of waterways and lakes thereby “effectively reorienting the city towards the sea”. Our partners in this mission are all specialised in modern agriculture and advanced irrigation systems (indeed one of our goals is to increase the pivot irrigation of the area). Together we have visited the Mayor of Benghazi and also met with representatives of the Water Investment Authority for the First Phase of the Man-Made River in the Benghazi Plain area in Suluq to share opinions, expertise and know-how on-field.

Under Ahmed Al-Ghazali’s guidance -prominent Libyan businessman and vice-president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya- we have explored the expansive single pivot irrigated Jardinah Agricultural Project.

The Jardinah Agricultural Project

Accompanied by our long-time partner Valley Valmont for Center and Longitudinal Advanced Irrigation Systems, New Holland for a variety of agricultural machinery, the FarmTech Company, known for designing and executing agricultural projects in Libya -including the Jardinah-Benghazi project-, we are to collaborate on designing and establishing the next working bases regarding the Jardinah project at all levels: using comprehensive planning, implementing sustainable methods and tools, the aim is to create in the medium term urban liveability.

The impact

Spanning an area of 9,000 hectares, the Jardinah agricultural project stands as one of Libya’s significant agricultural endeavours, holding promise for enhancing food security, fostering economic growth, and promoting social stability in the region.

the FGM International team of experts on field in the Benghazi area, in Libya, inspecting locations for the development of the irrigation of the area

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