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Agro Industry




  • The Agro-Industrial sector is a major contributor to the Lebanese economy: In 2011 (latest available figures), it generated an estimated 26.3% of the Industrial sector output and around 2.2% of the country’s GDP*.
  • It currently has an estimated workforce of 20,607 and accounts for 25% of the Industrial sector workforce.
  • It is the largest employer in the industrial sector.
  • Agro-food enterprises account for the largest share of industrial establishments in Lebanon, with 18.2% of enterprises – or around 740 companies - involved in agro-industrial activities.
  • The sector is predominantly composed of small family-owned enterprises, employing 6 workers on average.
  • Agro-food products accounted for 20.7% of total exports in 2015 and for 36.5% of total industrial exports in 2015, and the CAGR of exports stood at 11.2% between 2012 and 2015.
  • Key exported agro-food products include Sugars & Sugar Confectionary at 37.4% of total agro-food exports, Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar occupy the second largest share at 22.4%, followed by Prepared Vegetables, Fruits, and Nuts at 14.8%.
  • The largest share of agro-food exports are destined to Arab countries (non-GCC countries), which grasped 55.1% of total share in 2015 and with 35.1% of going to Syria, 13% to Iraq and 3.8% to Egypt.
  • 18.4% of exports go to GCC Countries with Saudi Arabia importing the most from Lebanon with 8.5%, the UAE and Qatar (3.7% and 3% respectively) as main destinations. Europe ranks 3rd with a share of 10.4% and Africa occupy the 4th place.
  • Exports to Syria have increased by 30.6% and now constitute around 63.6% of total exports to Arab Countries (non-GCC), while exports to Iraq have increased by 44.2%. This indicates that while the Syrian crisis has had its share of negative impact on the Lebanese economy, it has allowed for increased demand on Lebanese products to compensate the decrease in Syrian exports in these markets.

*Source: National Accounts



  • Availability of a cheap and skilled labor force.
  • Presence of backward linkages with a solid and diversified agricultural sector.
  • Institutional support from the government: Institutions available for testing a R&D (including 3 Labs) and a vocational school specialized in food industries.
  • Presence of an internationally recognized Lebanese cuisine.
Agro Industry Investment Incentives
Industry Operational Licenses
Investment Opportunities in the Agro-Food sector 2016
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