A few weeks ago, USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) invited a few bloggers at their stand at the Horeca Exhibition 2015 to explain a bit more about the LIVCD Program (Lebanon Industry Value Chain Development).

The goals of the program are to “enhance economic opportunities for small businesses, women, and youth”, “improve Lebanon’s economic stability, focusing on rural priority areas”, and “upgrade Lebanese value chains to increase their competitiveness in domestic and export markets”.

To achieve the above goals, an analysis was made and 8 targeted value chains were chosen: processed foods, rural tourism, floriculture, grapes, olive oil, apples, pears, avocados, cherries, and a basket of rural agricultural products including thyme, pine nuts, honey, and free range eggs.

At Horeca, we were lucky to have a guided visit of all the exhibitors of the above products and we got to meet them all and taste their products.

I especially liked this Carob Honey for many reasons.

carob honey

Carob is full of health benefits, including being an antioxidant, an antiseptic, improving digestion and lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, regulating blood pressure and helping prevent lung cancer, treating flu and anemia, and fighting against osteoporosis. Apart from all those benefits, it acts as a substitute for cocoa powder or chocolate in cakes and helps thicken baked goods. Add honey to it and you have the most natural sweetener you can ask for. I loved adding it to my balsamic salad dressing.

Just add a tablespoon of Carob Honey to 1.5 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and add it to a simple lettuce, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese salad. You’ll have a delicious meal ready in minutes!

carob honey

You can find out more about the USAID initiative on their facebook page .

Any thoughts on this wonderful initiative?

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