Irish troops based in south Lebanon are hoping to encourage the Irish farming community to donate tools, machinery and knowledge to help a new co-operative movement that is in the early days of development in the country.

Since October 2019, Lebanon has been in economic crisis, with inflation rates reaching 89%. Add in the COVID-19 pandemic, plus the knock-on effects of the Beirut explosion in August – including unemployment plus the severing of supply lines in a country where 80% of food is imported – and day-to-day life has become increasingly difficult.