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Agro Industry



  • The Agro-Industrial sector is a major contributor to the Lebanese economy: In 2015 (latest available figures), it generated an estimated 32.03% of the Industrial sector output and around 2.66% 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 considered as such the largest employer in the industrial sector.
  • It is the largest employer in the industrial sector.
  • Agro-food enterprises account for the largest share of industrial establishments in Lebanon, with 21.8% of enterprises - or around 963 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 21.2% of total exports in 2016 and for 17.9% of total industrial exports in 2016, and the CAGR of exports stood at 7.6% between 2012 and 2016.
  • Key exported agro-food products include Sugars & Sugar Confectionary at 33% of total agro-food exports, Beverages, Spirits & Vinegar occupy the second largest share at 19%, followed by Prepared Vegetables, Fruits, and Nuts at 14%.
  • The largest share of agro-food exports are destined to Arab countries (non-GCC countries), which grasped 48% of total share in 2016 and with 35.4% of going to Syria, 7.2% to Iraq.
  • In 2016, 19% of exports go to GCC Countries with Saudi Arabia importing the most from Lebanon with 8.5%, the UAE and Kuwait (4.3% and 3.2% respectively) as main destinations. Europe ranks 3rd with a share of 14.3% and Africa occupy the 4th place with 4.1% of total agro-food exports.
  • Exports to Syria have been increasing at a CAGR of 27.3% between 2012 and 2016 and now constitute around 74% of total exports to Arab Countries (non-GCC), while exports to Iraq have increased by 21.2%. 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-Food Investment Incentives
Investment Opportunities in the Agro-Food sector 2016
Industry Operational Licenses
Useful Addresses
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