Projects: Bee Keeping

Origin: Tanzania
Region: Mbinga
Village: Ilela
Category: Social & Environmental

How has this Project evolved?

Bees have globally undergone a vast decline over the last twenty years. Our goal is to make bee keeping an additional income to the farmers that we work with. However bee keeping is a long and arduous journey; the experience required to ensure that the bees neither perish nor swam is extensive. We therefore centered the project in just one AMCOS, Kinjolu, placing the responsibility in the hands of two women from the community.

Why we are doing the project?

We feel it is imporant to empower local women in the community. We believe that the concentration of this knowledge with fewer more specialised individuals will generate the most successful outcome; one in which the bee's welfare is paramount. We are starting on a very small scale with just 10 hives between the two ladies as we want this to become a viable business in the area - income diversity is a central pillar of Kijani Hais' "Total Agriculture" vision.

What are we doing

Initially two volunteer women were trained in Iringa, learning how to bee keep in Kenyan Top Bar hives. The course was one week and support will be provided locally as hives become populated. CTCS will offer to buy the honey for either the local Mbinga / Dar Es Salaam markets or for export to the UK. We want to promote bee keeping to improve coffee pollination and once again to promote biodiversity.

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