FINISHED PROJECTRECENT PROJECTPromoting beekeeping as incentive package to support the conservation of Community Forest and Riparian Forest among communities in the Black Volta River Basin

January 8, 2022by eafafrica0
Promoting beekeeping
Promoting beekeeping as an incentive package to support the conservation of Community Forest and Riparian Forest among communities in the Black Volta River Basin, supported by Ghana-US Embassy (USD 7000)- November 2020 to December 2021.

The project supported the beekeeping value chain as an incentive package for the management of the community forest and riparian (CFRE) ecosystem by solving the problem of poor honey production resulting from a lack of tools and equipment leading to poor market price and included five communities in the Black Volta River Basin. Jennifer Antwi at AntwiJA@state.gov

Beekeeping is one of the main livelihood enterprises among communities within the Black Volta Basin with a readily available market. Individuals do undertake beekeeping with traditional hives and none of them is optimizing the value chains because of a lack of requisite skills, tools, and equipment.

The project included Meguo, Siiru, kauri, Zukpiri, and Kpaala Contact person communities and selected 50 beneficiaries (which will involve CRMC members and honey producers). Agreements were made with the trainers to ensure the follow-up of the beneficiaries all along the production process and the value chains. Sixty (60) beehives (12 for each community) alongside protective gears and other equipment were supplied to beneficiaries.

 

In November 2020, the opinion leaders (which included CREMA executives and beekeepers) in the project communities were informed of the funds received from US Embassy Accra Special Self-Help program to support livelihood development on beekeeping enterprises.

The CREMA executives and beekeepers from the communities including their traditional leaders were brought together to select 50 beneficiaries for the project. This brought a reunion between the communities where they shared their views and come up with solutions to some challenges relating to beekeeping which included the installation of the hives at specific locations that will ensure effective monitoring and management whereas they also agreed on setting up a Committee and Common Fund to support conservation and management of the hives.

Consultation and sensitization meeting with leaders of Meguo, Kuuri, and Siiru

 

Stakeholder consultation and sensitization meeting at Zukpiri and Kpaala

 

During the month of November 2020, a contract was given to a technician to construct 60 beehives.

Picture of beehives and beehive stands

 

From the month of February 2021 to April 2021 60 hives (12 in each community) were distributed and installed.

Picture of beehives installed on a Baobab tree at Kpaala

 

Picture of beehives installed under mahogany trees at Zukpiri

 

Picture of beehives installed under trees at Kuuri

 

In order to ensure effective management of the beehives, in each community, members were selected as management committees who will manage the hives (in terms of caring for the hives, harvesting, processing, and packaging) and submit a quarterly report to EAF. In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project, an agreement was made between community representatives and the Environment and Agroforestry Foundation (EAF), where EAF has been mandated to provide continuous monitoring, assist in the processing, packaging, and marketing of end products during and after the project period. In the agreement, EAF will ensure that an account belonging to several signatories in the communities is opened to save part of the profits after one year period to support the management of the CREMA.

 

The picture was taken during agreement with Committee members and EAF representatives

 

In November 2020 a seedling contractor was awarded to establish fruit seedlings (Mango, Cashew, and citrus) for planting in the project areas to boost honey production. In June 2021 each community was supplied with Mango, Cashew, and citrus seedlings (amounting to 6000 seedlings) for planting within areas where the beehives were installed to boost honey production.

 

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