SEEDS for Recovery: The impact of agricultural interventions in Syria

SEEDS for Recovery: The impact of agricultural interventions in Syria

Date: 15 December 2022

Time: 14.00 – 15.15 GMT

Registration Link: Zoom Registration Page

Do agricultural interventions have a positive impact on food security and nutrition in conflict settings? Since 2020, under the SEEDS project, ISDC – International Security and Development Center and the American University of Beirut have used multi-disciplinary novel methods to study the short- and long-term impacts of complex agricultural interventions in Syria.

In this webinar, we will share the findings on if and how the distribution of emergency seeds and tool kits strengthen food security of households living in protracted humanitarian settings. Using a novel 4-wave panel dataset in Syria, we test if the program is sustainable after 4 years. Moreover, heterogeneous effects are analyzed to understand the role of conflict in moderating treatment impacts. Finally, using satellite data and deep learning, we estimate the impact of the programme on crop productivity, highlighting the use of novel data and methods to complement survey data in hard-to-reach settings.

Building on the results of our research, we will share the implications of our findings for policymakers and practitioners. With this, webinar participants will gain new and in-depth knowledge of the strengths and limitations of agricultural interventions.

View the project page here: SEEDS CEDIL Project page

Ghassan Baliki

Program Director Welfare, ISDC - International Security and Development Center, Germany

Hala Ghattas

Associate Professor; Center for Research on Population and Health, American University of Beirut, Lebanon & Associate Professor, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, USA

Tilman Brück

- Founder and Director, ISDC - International Security and Development Center, Professor, Humboldt-University of Berlin & Team Leader, Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Germany

Hadi Jaafar

Associate Research Professor & Chairman of the Agriculture Department, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Hania Chahal

Business Export Coach - Center for Promoting Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), The Netherlands

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