• Exchanging expertise
  • Transferring technology
  • Stimulating innovation

Our mission is to enable Lebanese agri-food innovators to thrive. Locally. Regionally. And Globally.

SEE HOW

Qoot brings together SMEs and existing companies in Lebanon’s agri-food sector, creating a synergistic environment that fosters innovation, collaboration, prosperity and growth. Our core objective is to bring Lebanese agri-food industries on par with the most innovative economies in the world, thus reclaiming Lebanon’s place on the World Food Innovation Map.

Championed by Berytech and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and supported by FoodValley NL, Qoot is built on a solid foundation of entrepreneurship and extensive experience in food innovation and cluster management. We are driven by a resolve to strengthen every aspect of Lebanon’s agri-food sector and help it attain both regional and international acclaim.

Our member businesses share our vision of collaborative and sustainable innovation. Ranging in scale from SMEs to large enterprises and export houses, they span the full extent of Lebanon’s agricultural value chain. As part of this agri-food innovation cluster, they enjoy direct access to expertise, skilled workers, input suppliers, information channels, and linkages to new markets.

To fulfill our role as facilitator of agricultural innovation, we undertake a wide range of activities at the local, regional and international levels. Besides strengthening technical prowess and nurturing a culture of collaboration and mutual exchange within the Lebanese agri-food sector, we are constantly at work to bring international opportunities to the innovative enterprises that are part of our cluster.

The Founders

Qoot – initiated by Berytech and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is being implemented by Berytech in collaboration with FoodValley Company, the leading agri-food cluster in the Netherlands. 

The Founders

QOOT Cluster was initiated by Berytech and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Lebanon.

Implementing Partners

QOOT Cluster has partnered with Ecosystem Navigator as an implementing partner, supporting the cluster in its growth strategy. Also, Food Valley NL, the leading agri-food cluster in the Netherlands, provided initial support to the launching of the cluster.

Our Partners

As part of its mission to facilitate partnerships between agri-food businesses and different governmental and non-governmental organizations with similar objectives and missions, QOOT Cluster partnered with several organizations for strengthening synergies for a greater impact in the Lebanese agri-food sector, aiming to deliver more efficient services in the sector.

Our Academic Partners

As part of its mission to bring together MSMEs, multinational companies, knowledge providers, support institutions, and investment entities to collaboratively catalyze and innovate in the agri-food sector in Lebanon, QOOT Cluster signed Memoranda of Understanding with 4 different universities: American University of Beirut – Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Balamand, American University of Science and Technology, and University Saint Joseph – ESIAM.

Certification & Membership

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QOOT Cluster is a registered member on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP).

Bronze Cluster Management Excellence

QOOT Cluster has received the European Cluster Excellence Label in Bronze from the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis.

QOOT Cluster benefits from THE NEXT SOCIETY – Cluster Booster Track, a peer to peer learning and booster program.

Meet Our Board Members

Nadine Khoury

President · COO at Robinson Agri

Paul Eid

Treasurer · Co-Founder and CFO of 209 Lebanese Wine

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Ramy Boujawdeh

Deputy General Manager at Berytech

Fadi Sarkis

Chief Executive Officer of NATAGRI S.A.L

Nabil Shuman

General Manager of Agriplus Offshore

Rana Abdou

Agriculture Program Manager at Arcenciel

Valerie Zakka

Founder of Zakka Technologies

Meet The Team

Jihane Chahla

QOOT Cluster Manager

Nataly Slim

Nataly Slim

QOOT Cluster Manager

Chantale Khourieh

QOOT Cluster Officer

Joey Ghanem

Communications & Outreach Manager

Nour Azzi

Accountant

Maria Chahine

Communications & Outreach Assistant

Walid Freih

Visual Designer