04 Nov 2015
Beirut, Lebanon
Organic Food and Agriculture

Souk el Tayeb gives small-scale farmers market opportunities to sell their traditional Lebanese products, their organic products and showcase typical Lebanese cuisine.

Souk el Tayeb is a social entrepreneurship initiative that began as a weekly farmer’s market promoting small-scale farmers and producers, and slowly evolved into a bigger organisation involved in capacity building and awareness rising to consumers. Souk el Tayeb small scale farmers are also able to access market to through weekly farmer’s markets, food exhibitions, eco-restaurants and supermarkets. The initiative was founded in 2004 by Kamal Mouzawak, creating Lebanon’s first farmers market, as a non-profit social venture, where farmers would pay a participation fee funding organisational expenses. Since then, it expanded through several for-profit extensions, but keeping its core objective of giving fair market opportunities to small scale traditional and organic products. Profits from the commercial extension fund Souk el Tayeb’s operational expenses and activities. Souk el Tayeb employs 11 staff member full time and gathers 100 farmers. Clients are mainly upper and middle-class Lebanese with a high environmental awareness.

How do we build a better environment?

Souk el Tayeb provides market opportunities through its weekly market and its restaurants to organic farming products which are grown following environmental protection principles. Farmers that want to display their products on this market have to comply with strict rules and regulations defined by the organisers.

Souk el Tayeb also gives capacity building and consultancy services to farmers on green and organic practices for agriculture promoting and mainstreaming further these practices in the food sector.

Another objective of Souk el Tayeb is to promote traditional and local farming products, helping thus the conservation of local biodiversity by conserving local species. Moreover, the promotion of local products helps fighting climate change, reducing by principle CO2 emissions.


Souk el Tayeb Organic market
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