By destroying port infrastructure, the explosion of August 4, 2020 endangers the food supply of a country that is around 80% dependent on its imports.
The enormous wheat silo in the Port of Beirut is nothing more than a gutted concrete carcass. This silo, which could store 120,000 tonnes of wheat, or one tenth of Lebanon’s annual consumption, is a symbol of a food-dependent country that awaits its livelihood from cargo ships and the port. The financially struggling country had only two months of food stocks ahead of it. Some of it, difficult to quantify, vanished with the explosion.
Pascal Bergeret and his partners take stock of the situation: