BEE KEEPING FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS

 

Psted date: 17th, Dec 2019

 

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Project Location (Communities/District/Region) : NADOWLI DISTRICT of Upper West region

Beneficiaries: Actual Direct Beneficiaries 100

Indirect Beneficiaries: 50

 


 

 

Overall Project Goal: To promote beekeeping as a sustained adaptation measure to climate change and alternative livelihood.


Output 1: farmer groups and whole communities re-sensitized on climate change, its impacts and the benefits of beekeeping; and shared with communities the challenges and success over the year.


Farmer group level engagement on re-sensitization
All the 30 farmer groups in all the five beneficiaries’ communities were engaged and re-sensitized and shared knowledge on;

  • Climate change, impacts, and adaptation strategies
  • Benefits of beekeeping as a sustainable livelihood activity
  • The successes and challenges of the project
  • The way forward
  • All the 150 beneficiaries fully engaged and their bio – data gathered.

 

Community durbar
All the five beneficiaries’ communities were engaged altogether with the farmer groups in community durbars to;

  • Create awareness on Climate change, causes, impacts, the need for adaptation strategies to enhance livelihood.
  • Benefits of beekeeping as a sustainable livelihood and climate resilient activity.
  • Draw community road map for ownership of project (i.e. bye laws, opening of farmer group bank account, farmer group meetings schedules).
  • Educate whole community on the intended benefits of the projects and the need for the whole community support.

 

Output 3: additional inputs procured and to be distributed farmer groups. In order to empower and fully realize the targets of the project, additional inputs are acquired to help make groups operational activities very easy and faster as well as enhance their field practical activities.

 

Inputs: Hives, Hives stands, Bee suits with (gloves, wellington boots, veil), Final sieves, Smokers and Harvesting buckets.

 

Output 4: farmer groups activities monitored and necessary steps, coaching and on – field advice provided.

 

Monitoring
There were field visits to all 5 communities to monitor the progress and challenges of farmer group activities.

 

Outcome(s)

  • Successful field Visits to all 5 beneficiary communities
  • 51 hives are well colonized in all five communities and are harvested
  • Farmer groups harvested their matured hives to create room for bumper harvest in March.
  • Monitored the practical harvesting of beehives in all 5 communities (extraction of honey and preparation wax.
  • Un – colonized hives re – baited
  • Hives which have been continuously interfered with by humans in some communities are relocated to far places where there are shrubs.

 


 

Observations

  • During the field monitoring, it was observed that, communities that have all their hives located in one bee yard  are easily and effectively managed.
  • The team equally observed that, hives located far away from human settlement are doing very well and this suggest the impacts of human activities on the progress of the project.
  • It was realized that, most farmer groups’ are trying their possible best to contract fire belts around their bee yard and in some cases do controlled burning to avoid bush fires from getting into their apiaries.
  • Wooden hives are too fragile and vulnerable to winds (though they are the easily and most colonized)
  • We also observed that, most group members left the activities of the group in the hands of one person.
  • Continuous human interferences pose a huge threat to the success and sustainability of the project.

 


 

Activities undertaken

  • Community re-sensitization
  • Monitoring of  farmer groups operational activities and the state of the project
  • Procurement of additional inputs for farmer groups for their activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

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