In Amizmiz – Rural Life in a Developing Country

In Amizmiz – Rural Life in a Developing Country

Only an hour away from the city is another world, a rural world.

Having been amongst the urban pulls and pushes of Marrakech, this is an opportunity to evaluate rural pushes and pulls in the foothills of the High Atlas. A guided walk around Amizmiz and the countryside allows traditional agriculture and a market town to be experienced – a great way to see everyday activities, engage with people, their activities and their lives. 

A stop can be made on the way at the Barrage de Lalla Takerkoust, a huge reservoir and an opportunity to discuss aspects of river basin management on the large scale. This offers a great contrast to what will later be seen around Amizmiz, where water management is very much on the small scale.

Within Amizmiz, walking around the bustling market allows everyone to see the way it all works; it is totally engrossing with unique sights and smells all around.

A gentle walk is also taken into the countryside to walk amongst the farmland and the terraced fields to observe what is grown and how it is grown and to see subsistence farming in action. No matter the season of the year, the farmscapes are always full of interest. On this walk, a visit can also be made to a potter where students will watch how it’s done by the expert and then have a go themselves!

A tasty picnic lunch can be arranged in the countryside, in a forested dell, overlooking the Marrakech Plain to the north.

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