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The specialist international beekeeping organisation
This means there is a high rate of land erosion from water and wind, and significant biodiversity loss. This is leading to a bleak future for young people.
Two areas of degraded land in the Lake Tana catchment area will be reforested, working closely with the local community to close an area currently used for open grazing. While this forest naturally regenerates, it will receive additional tree planting of the best nectar-giving species.
As this area becomes re-forested, a wealth of natural resources will return and honey bees will re-populate the area. Through methods of sustainable beekeeping, honey bees will provide a financial benefit for the local people.
This project will provide beekeeping training to people in two villages in the Lake Tana catchment area. This will give them the skills and knowledge to be able to benefit from the honey bees, and from the re-foresting process.
One village called Ysala has already been identified, by Bees for Development Ethiopia, as an ideal candidate for this project. A second village will soon be chosen after thorough research.
Women-headed households earn just £250/year and landless youth earn around £320/year.
New beekeepers, means new livelihoods. We will be training young landless women and men in beekeeping, giving them a way to earn a living and to secure a better future. Soon they will be able to construct low-cost beehives, learn good honey and wax harvesting practices and understand how best to market and trade their new products.