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Sustainable beekeeping for resilient livelihoods

Making a difference worldwide

Honey production and processing in Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve

Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve is a hugely important ecosystem in northern Ethiopia. The lake and its catchment area support the livelihoods of many hundreds of thousands of people. The area has experienced environmental degradation on a huge scale since the 1980s, threatening wildlife, livelihoods and the integrity of this unique ecosystem is now under threat.

Recognising the urgent need to meet people's livelihood demands and maintain the ecosystem Bees for Development initiated a project in 2015 to develop nature-based enterprises, through beekeeping. 

The overall objective of the Project was is to enable local community members to increase their income through the production and sale of organic honey and thereby foster sustainable natural resource management. The specific objectives were to:

  • Enable young men and women to acquire necessary technical skills for environmentally friendly beekeeping practice, including beehive-making;
  • Advise producers on honey harvesting, so they can offer a high quality product to the market;
  • Secure marketing channels for organic honey to local and national consumers;


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In this video clip you can see materials being unloaded at the Farmer Training Centre in Derbanta, for the practical training in beehive making.





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