Promoting Food Security and Economic Development in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon

  • UNITAR Training Programme “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Promoting Food Security and Economic Development in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon” is now accepting applications from young entrepreneurs ages 18 to 45 in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon.
  • Participants will learn the fundamentals and advanced entrepreneurship concepts focusing on food security to achieve economic development and fight food insecurity.
  • The programme will run from July 2024 until March 2025 and the application deadline is 30 June 2024.

    (As of 1 July, the application deadline has been extended to 7 July.)


28 May 2024, Hiroshima, Japan – UNITAR calls for applications for its “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Promoting Food Security and Economic Development in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon” training programme for young entrepreneurs from ages 18-45 in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon. Participants will learn entrepreneurship fundamentals and knowledge and develop advanced skills for achieving economic development and fighting food insecurity. The programme is scheduled to run from June 2024 to March 2025 and the application deadline has been extended to 7 July 2024 (11:59 PM JST).

The programme will be delivered in English and the participants will receive a UNITAR certificate of completion if they complete the course and meet all requirements. The training programme is free of charge and financially supported by the Government and People of Japan.

Phases of the programme

  • Phase 1 (July to October 2024) Approximately 100 participants will conduct online training on key entrepreneurship topics such as the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and agribusiness and will acquire knowledge and skills to identify alternative livelihood opportunities with high potential for business start-ups in their context. Participants will complete self-paced online courses, peer-to-peer discussions, assignments, and webinars by regional and international experts in the field. 
  • Phase 2 (October to December 2024) Approximately 20 top-ranked participants will conduct training on entrepreneurial tools, techniques and best practices to devise solutions for food security challenges. Participants will devise and implement innovative and sustainable businesses and projects that address urgent needs stemming from food insecurity including climate-smart agricultural and aquacultural practices to counter environmental constraints.
  • Phase 3 (December 2024-March 2025) Approximately 10 top performers will develop ready-to-launch blueprints for novel enterprises/projects, each with significant potential for job creation and resilience-building within the agrifood sector. This phase will include a mentorship and coaching component that will happen online, and a possible intensive workshop will take place either online or in person. Details are yet to be decided.


The programme is open to motivated entrepreneurs from Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon, who are/have:

  • passionate to succeed and make a positive impact on your community
  • good spoken and written English skills
  • committed to completing the programme
  • work experience or interest in agribusiness and food security or general entrepreneurship
  • within the age range of 18-45
  • Commitment of a minimum of 2-4 hours per week during the programme


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. UNITAR has a global presence, with offices in Geneva, Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity offers world-class learning and knowledge-sharing services to present and future change-makers from around the world. Through our innovative training and learning opportunities – built on robust adult learning principles – we seek to promote sustainable, inclusive and just economic development and catalyse the creation of decent employment opportunities for all.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity supports youth and women in particular to address growing inequalities. We work in solidarity with diverse partners at the local, regional and global levels to propel the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals and achieve an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world.

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