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1/ It's important to say that very little of what I've shared here in the last few months is original work. Nobody should get the impression that any one person can know and do all this alone. It has always been a team effort.
We all learned about central banking and macro from @AndyKhalil1 @lebfinance @nafezouk @EHSANI22

We learned about Basel and IFRS from @Marguerittacb

@OmarTamo19 taught us about the Lebanese exchange rate market

@dgheim helped us consider the role of tech
@HuseinNourdin taught us about the history of political/econ developments and unfulfilled promises

@masss11 taught us about LBP bank notes

@Jessica_Obeid taught us about electricity sector reform

The #agrinerds taught us about food security and the future of agriculture
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THREAD As Lebanon‘s currency crisis makes imports prohibitively expensive, both diets and farming practices will change—or a falafel sandwich could become a luxury in the coming months.
Rice, for example, is consumed regularly, taken for granted, but almost impossible to grow locally. A bag of rice branded “made in Lebanon” is always imported, locally packaged in imported plastic.
Chickpeas and lentils are also part of daily cuisine and native to the region. But in 2017, Lebanon imported fourteen times more lentils than it grows, and chickpeas almost five times.
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When planning on starting your small garden, certain simple measures may turn out to be beneficial on the long run.
Let's go through some of them 👇

@Ibrakhim_Aya @MouhanedD @souhad_16
Design you soil beds in a way that permits an ease of access and maintenance. Whether you're using raised beds or direct soil cropping, keep in mind that you will have to walk through them for inspection, pruning, harvesting...
A balanced irrigation is essential. Over-watering is harmful to the plant and puts it at risk of infection by fungal diseases. Under-watering stresses the plant and reduces yield. While a drip irrigation system is very efficient, a DIY plastic bottle system is muuuch cheaper.
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We are supposed to preserve our natural biodiversity, especially that which concerns natural enemies of insects that are harmful to our crops, oak trees and pine groves.
But when an insect becomes a public nuisance and invades people's houses, dealing with it becomes tricky.
Calosoma beetles feed on the pine processionary moth (دودة الصندل) and on the gypsy moth which causes severe defoliation of oak forests. In the early 1900s Calosoma beetles were mass released to control the above-mentioned pests in Minnesota and in other places.
Under certain environmental conditions, their numbers increase dramatically and they start causing public annoyance as we're seeing in the Bekaa.
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