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Yellow banners and pocket squares fill the Golden Tulip Marina Resort in Jiyyeh, as beekeepers from across Europe and the Middle East descend for the 11th Annual Mediterranean Beekeepers Forum.According to Obeid, Rising global demand for natural foods has given the Lebanese honey industry a chance to grow.Mansour Moudawwar, production specialist at USAID, which works with honey producers and funded this year's forum, agreed."We concentrated on honey because we saw an opportunity for fast return on an investment," Moudawwar said. Increasing honey revenues, he said, could help some producers who would otherwise have to leave rural areas to find jobs.Abdo Mehanna, a part-time beekeeper, said that USAID's Industry Value Chain Development program connected him to major Lebanese beekeepers that helped get him started.Paul Zeidan, a young beekeeper attending the forum, was particularly concerned about these problems.Instead, Obeid believes that many solutions are coming from beekeepers themselves.
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