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Somaliland project awarded funds

We are delighted to announce that we will soon be starting a new project with a new partner in Somaliland. 

A self-declared state whose independence is recognised by few international organisations, the population of Somaliland is almost the same as Wales, at just over three million, and Cardiff hosts a large Somaliland diaspora community.

Bees for Development has been awarded a Wales for Africa grant worth £15,000 to help a community near the capital Hargeisa to start beekeeping. The country is prone to prolonged drought yet the desert trees, such as Acacia tortilis and Ziziphus mauritiana provide excellent bee forage.

Our partner in Somaliland is the Advocacy Capacity Development Foundation headed by Abdikarim Abdi Adan. Abdi, who has recently returned to Somaliland after having spent most of his adult life in Wales, said “Honey fetches high prices in Somaliland. This project will bring much needed beekeeping and business skills to some of the poorest people in Somaliland”.

Photos: Bees for Development always advocates local solutions to local problems. This image (above) shows the use of thorns placed at the hive entrance to deter lizards from eating bees.

In Somaliland beekeepers often place hives in trees to attract wild swarms of bees. This is one of the best and cheapest ways to get started with beekeeping.

Read more about the Welsh Government Wales for Africa programme


This project is funded by Welsh Government’s Wales Africa Grant scheme, administered by WCVA.



Posted: 5th July 2019
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