Robinson Agri- Countering resource mismanagement with holistic irrigation and farming solutions
Aug 31 2021
The Water and Energy for Food Grand Challenge (WE4F) Middle East and North Africa Regional Innovation Hub (MENA RIH), is an international partnership among the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands, and Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. WE4F supports the most promising and innovative companies and organizations working to produce more food with less water and more efficient energy resources. Meet Robinson Agri, one of the selected innovators.
In Lebanon, onion crops are irrigated using sprinklers and gravity surface irrigation systems, and crops are grown using pollinated seeds, which consume a high quantity of water and energy, in addition to a lower crop yield. Due to severe mismanagement and misuse of natural resources, Lebanon is highly water stressed. The country grapples with environmental pollution and a growing waste crisis. On the economic side, a lack of financial support and an unfavorable business environment make it challenging for farmers to produce competitively.