Agriculture and Agribusiness
Dr. Hadi Jaafar

About the job:

What you do

Agriculture is much more than farming!

Discover how to use Artificial Intelligence and satellite imagery to increase food production at low cost and minimal impact on the environment.

Experience the development of agricultural biotechnology tools that will address future humanity needs in food production, biomedical, and bioengineering products.

Become a business leader or entrepreneur in food production, processing, marketing, and distribution businesses.

Agribusiness involves all the agriculture business activities including the processing and distribution of agriculture product.  

The tough stuff

Agriculture is facing global challenges related to climate change and rapidly increasing population because temperatures are increasing, diseases are also increasing and water resources are decreasing.

Working in Agriculture and Agribusiness, you have to balance between various issues such as increasing production while maintaining safety, fairness towards the farmers and managing pollution and environmental factors.

The cool stuff

Working in Agriculture and Agribusiness you will get to be:

  • involved in a lot of technology so you get to keep up with the latest trends that can help you solve problems.
  • safeguard the planet and ensure a healthy and sustainable life for communities.
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours per week
  • Limited travel

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
Best high school track(s)
  • General Sciences
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Good With Numbers
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • A Bachelors degree in Agriculture or Agribusiness.
  • Background in Biology or Sciences. 
Helpful resources
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Local universities
International universities

Video Description

People cannot live without agriculture. Population has been expanding at an alarming rate and we need to continue producing food in order to feed all these people. Agriculture is a field of study that is well developed.  It's not just farming. In this video, you'll learn how technology is helping in this field, and all the exciting opportunities that it brings with it.  Enjoy!


Dr. Jaafar joined the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2012 bringing with him over 10 years of international expertise in irrigation engineering and water resources management and design and rehabilitation of irrigation projects. He is an Associate Professor in Irrigation Engineering and Water Management at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agriculture, and a Master’s of Science degree in Irrigation from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB). His research work appears in journals like Nature's Scientific Data, Remote Sensing of the Environment, Journal of Hydrology, Agricultural Water Management, Food Policy, among many others.

Dr. Jaafar is the project manager and the lead principal investigator of many grants, including a $1M Google-funded 3-yr project that aims to improve irrigation scheduling by farmers using satellite imagery and weather data.  Dr. Jaafar also has many international collaborations (USDA, NASA, IHE-Delft). He is also a member of the Surface Biology & Geology Applications Working Group led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory – NASA at the California Institute of Technology.

Vanessa Srouji is the founder of V Divino, a Lebanese wine brand. She got the title of the youngest wine entrepreneur in Lebanon by Annahar in 2019. Vanessa completed a dual undergraduate degree of Agribusiness (BS), and Agriculture (BS) with a Diplôme Ingénieure Agricole from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS)  at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is also pursuing her graduate degree in Ecole de Commerce – France in wine marketing and management. Vanessa completed a semester in Ecole d’Ingénieure de Purpan – France.