This report provides a concept for promoting beekeeping based enterprises to improve thelivelihoods of people living in the earthquake affected region of Northern Pakistan.
Earthquake affected beekeepers
Traditional beekeeping practitioners were severely affected by the massive earthquake of October 2005. Some of Pakistan’s richest honey producing areas are located within the earthquake affectedzone. Because beehives are structurally incorporated into the walls of houses, a large number of these hives were destroyed along with the houses they were a part of. Additionally, there are claimsthat many remaining bee colonies fled the surviving homes after the initial shocks.
Upgrade beekeepers from traditional beekeeping to micro or small enterprise honey production.There are an estimated 10,000 people practicing traditional subsistence beekeeping in the NorthwestFrontier Provinces and Northern Areas in Pakistan. Many of these people can successfully enter themarket economy with commercially viable honey products on a micro or small scale, if they haveaccess to improved beekeeping inputs and markets. A family keeping 5 stationary beehives can earn11,250 PKR (188 USD) or more per year if managed professionally.
Create enterprises specializing in the seasonal production of bee packages or nucleushives and queens for sale to honey producers2.Create or support enterprises specializing in manufacture of equipment and sale of supplies for micro-scale beekeepers.3.Form honey processing and marketing associations4.Provide technical and marketing extension to develop added-value products
Program ComponentsAnticipated ResultsTarget Community: Landless households with traditional beekeeping experiencePotential Beneficiaries:5,000 Women in rural villagesLivelihood Outlook:Sustainable income from honey and bee product sales within 18 months