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Sustainable beekeeping for resilient livelihoods
Making a difference worldwide
The overall objective of the project is to improve livelihood of landless youths through beekeeping.
Promote environmental friendly beekeeping to the beneficiaries
Delivery of low cost hive construction skill
To enable landless youth skill able in seasonal beekeeping practices
Creating alternative income generating activities to the beneficiary
Promote top bar hive technology to the kebele
After the project signing completed with Rotary Gondar Fasiledes District we undertook beneficiary selection. There was a lot of interest from the community, and in the end 52 men and 48 women were invited to join the programme. Initial training and introduction to beekeeping was done in July 2017 and bee colonies have been purchased and donated to the new beekeepers. Field level monitoring by Bees for development Ethiopia is on-going.
In December we assessed the strength of their bee colonies and we found bees to be building up and in good health. The commitment of the community is really encouraging. Almost half of the beneficiaries have purchased an additional bee colony using their own resources. Knowing they will be provided with technical training and support they are keen to put as much effort as they can into beekeeping, to take advantage of the technical support on offer.
Wondie is very committed and hard working framer who lives in Ligaba Kebele. He has been introduced to beekeeping through our project. He is excited about learning about top-bar hives. Wondie explained to me, "I can't wait to make my own top-bar hive and try it with my bees, because the technical team convinced me about the differences of various hive types and importance of the beekeeping". He is looking forward to the forthcoming training sessions.
Wondie Yeneabat, Beginner beekeeper, with three bee colonies. One was donated by the project and two he purchased by himself.
Siranesh is a very happy and communicative girl who lives at Ligaba Kebele. She is also very new for the beekeeping, but has high hope. She is excited about the planned trainings she will receive and is determined to put every effort into beekeeping.
Siranesh Gedamu, Beginner beekeeper, and proud owner of one strong bee colony.
Yaregal Said in his smiley expression, "I used to run away from bees, and was much frightened of them. But now that I have bees of my own I spent ages inside my new apiary looking at my bees. When I am away from home, I miss the smell of my bees".
Yaregal Sime, beneficiary of the project. He owns 2 local-style beehives, one donated by the project and another he bought in August.