An Apiary School project has been set up in the Djurdjura mountains of Algeria, inspired by the Association for the Promotion of Mountain Apiculture (APMA). Based in Aïn el Hammam, forty-five kilometres to the southeast of Tizi Ouzou, Algeria, the association has been organising regular beekeeping training courses since 2010, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the NGO ASMED (Association for Solidarity, Migration and Exchanges for Development). The training courses are aimed at enthusiasts for this line of work, especially women from rural areas. No less than eighteen women – from Aïn el Hammam along with other areas in the Tizi Ouzouwilaya – have taken part in different training courses led by beekeeping professionals, including specialists from France. Support from the UNPD and ASMED has even led to hives being provided for women wanting to take up beekeeping.
The ambitious project aims to promote apiculture in the mountains and at the same time guarantee high quality organic products. APMA has widened its scope of activity by offering other regular training courses in different areas of agriculture, a development that has now been integrated into its new name: the Association for the Promotion of Mountain Agriculture.