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Beekeeping support in Kigoma region | Tanzania


Agence Belge de Développement

Titre : Beekeeping support in Kigoma region | Tanzania

Pays : Tanzanie

Lieu : Kigoma, Kibondo and Kasulu (Kigoma region)

Durée : 2012 - 2016

Beekeeping is a traditional activity in Kigoma region, where there are many nectar-yielding tree species in natural forest. As a seasonal activity – maximum two harvests per year – honey production is generally a means to earn extra income rather than a sole source of revenue. However, there is significant potential to help Kigoma beekeepers become more productive and more market-oriented, thus increasing their earnings.

In 2011, BTC finalised a project for the development of processing, packaging and marketing of bee products in three districts, including two in Kigoma region. The project saw beekeepers’ incomes increase, but identified ongoing needs for support : * Community-based processing groups set up by the first project offer beekeepers the possibility to sell pre-processed honey to traders and fetch a much higher price compared to that of raw honey. However, these groups need further experience in doing business with traders outside the region and in dealing with the large volumes of honey required to interest potential trading partners. * Improved harvesting and preprocessing methods which increase productivity have been introduced, but need further promotion as well as adaptation to specific conditions. * Marketing aspects such as traceability, quality assurance and packaging are new to many beekeepers, who need further capacity building to help them fetch a better price for their products. * Access to hives located in forest and game reserves, where most Kigoma honey originates, needs to be guaranteed. The previous project helped establish agreements between beekeepers and reserve managers, but access and user-rights of the beekeeping communities needs to be more institutionalised. * Further development of stingless beekeeping (on farms) as an alternative to beekeeping in reserves can also increase earnings. * Beekeepers in all three target districts have limited access to finance needed to expand and improve their production.

Building on the progress of the previous project, the current project aims to enhance the contribution of the beekeeping sector to sustainable development by piloting a model of sustainable beekeeping in the Kigoma region.
Specific results to be achieved are : * Increased incomes of beekeepers through improvement of production and business skills ; * More efficient and market-responsive honey value chains through better coordination and capacity building ; * Models for protection of key forest and bee forage areas implemented by beekeeping stakeholders and institutions ; * An enabling environment for sustainable beekeeping development enhanced at local, district and national levels.

Bénéficiaires : Direct beneficiaries include over 5000 beekeepers and their families as well as processors’ groups, cooperatives, traders and exporters operating in the three districts. Indirectly, local institutions, traders, shopkeepers and other suppliers as well as local authorities will also benefit.

Financement : Belgium, Tanzania

Budget : € 2 850 000

Présentation : CTB

Brochure du projet (pdf)

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