"Being an only daughter, the beekeeping training sessions were my first step towards becoming a financially stable, independent woman,” says Mirna, a young emerging beekeeper from Gharifeh, Mount Lebanon. Mirna was one of the 150 youth from all over Lebanon who were introduced to one of nature’s most rewarding endeavors based on an assessment conducted by UNDP demonstrating market demand.
“We are training beekeepers on how to best implement advanced techniques and make use of the beehives and gears they’ve received,” says trainer Nahida Salha, Chairperson of the Maten Al Aala Beekeepers Cooperative that has benefited from a prior UNDP intervention for beekeepers.
UNDP, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs, within the framework of the Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme – LHSP, and through funds from the Netherlands, is training over 2,500 existing beekeepers in collaboration with the Lebanese Agriculture Research Institute (LARI). This specific activity trained 30 individuals to become beekeeping trainers themselves.