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Sustainable beekeeping for resilient livelihoods
Making a difference worldwide
Top-bar hives are movable comb hives with all the technical advantages of frame-hives (sometimes called modern hives in Ethiopia) but have additional economic and social advantages:
"We now promote only top-bar hives in Bahir Dar - the uptake from farmers is better than with frame hives and so the impact is greater", Solomon, Beekeeping expert, Bahir Dar Zuria Agriculture Office.
We recognise that local-style basket hives are successfully used and suitable in most parts of Amhara and offer top-bar hive technology training only where appropriate.
Skills training for men, women and youth
We provide in-depth training for farmers through a seasonal programme of three modules of training in year 1. We make sure new beekeepers have access to follow-up and refresher training in year 2. We train Development Agents where necessary so they have the capacity to provide on-going support to beekeepers in their working areas. This ensures new beekeepers always get the technical help they need.
“My neighbour has seen how I have benefitted and they have asked me to train them. I am willing to do that - I can now do everything on my own and even train others”, Getahm in Wonjeta.
Bee-friendly land use management
Bees use the nectar from trees to produce honey - thus giving communities an added economic reason to plant, manage and conserve trees in farmland and the wider landscape. We;
“I was trained on how to graft improved mango. The trees will give me fruit to sell and my bees will collect nectar from the flowers and make honey”. New beekeeper in Dera