Rehabilitation of Thyme Fields
Focus Area
Land & Agriculture
Local Partners
Green Orient
Geographic Scope
Diverse areas of Chouf, Mount Lebanon
Direct beneficiares are 20 women. Indirect beneficiaries are 150 beekeepers who will benefit from natural thyme planted throughout the Chouf, improving quality of honey.

A combination of fires, expansion of residential land and local people switching to non-agricultural jobs has led to a reduction in the Chouf’s green areas and prairies, which are the primary source of nourishment for bees. This project seeks to reverse this process by rehabilitating a field of thyme. Thyme is beneficial in two ways:
1. It will provide job opportunities for local women, who will pick and grind the thyme to be sold as zaatar (a popular and high value product in Lebanon)
2. Its nectar is attractive for bees, stimulating the local bee population. This in turn provides an increased quantity of high quality natural honey for local beekeepers (who have been recently trained through SEAL’s Tanin el Nahel Beekeeping project); and stimulates cross-pollination, supporting local ecosystems.

This project is a collaboration between 9 cooperatives and will benefit people across the entire Chouf region – and it could be extended in future to include even more cooperatives.