IMPROVING INCOME THROUGH BEEKEEPING

Development and Improvement of Processing, Packaging and Marketing of Beeswax and other Bee Products in Tanzania

FUNDED BY

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Government of Belgium Government of Tanzania BTC District Councils Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism

IMPLEMENTATION

LOCATION DURATION BUDGET

Rufiji, Kigoma and Kibondo districts 2007 - 2010

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Belgian contribution: EUR 1.121.179 Tanzanian contribution: EUR 370.000

CONTEXT
In Tanzania, bee-keeping is an important income generating activity with a very high potential, especially for communities living close to forests and woodlands. It also plays a major role in socio-economic development and environmental conservation. Although the bee-keeping sector has a very good potential to contribute to the livelihoods of beekeepers and traders, it is currently contributing little due to inadequate harvesting techniques, the lack of quality standards, the lack of skills and knowledge in quality control, poor or lack of packaging of bee products among smallholders, poor marketing skills and weak management and organizational capacities among bee-keepers.

OBJECTIVES
Tanzania aims to enhance the contribution of the bee-keeping sector to its sustainable human development. It specifically wants to increase the income of bee-keepers and traders of bee products through improved commercialization of quality bee products in Kigoma, Kibondo and Rufiji districts where there are untapped potentials and the living conditions of the population are especially difficult. The strategies include: – Improving honey production through intensive capacity building; – The establishment of a functioning market supply chain for bee products; – The strengthening of the financial and institutional support base for bee-keepers;

further training on business skills and entrepreneurship. National Project Coordinator: florent. the project facilitated the establishment of Village Community Banks and strengthened existing Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) that support beekeepers by providing revolving funds and assisting the members to develop business plans. improving the micro-credit scheme and introducing new technologies for commercial bee-keeping. special attention will be paid on capacity building. assisted by two Technical Advisors.org . During the second phase in Kigoma and Kibondo. Beekeeper’s group representatives have been trained on group and cooperative management.btcctb.– Improving of the operational environment for commercial bee-keeping. To ameliorate quality.nguma@btcctb. In the last three months before the end of the project.www. to avoid a gap between the two phases. the project facilitated the construction of bee product collection centres and to improve the market link bee-keepers where helped to attend different trade fairs and to meet different potential buyers. Finally. The first phase will be extended with one year. The project also assisted one of the existing cooperatives in Kibondo district to inventorise their assets in order to use them as collateral in getting loans from banks. To improve accessibility to credit. a study was conducted to prepare a marketing strategy that will help bee-keepers as a guideline in improving their market channels. the focus was on the preparation of an exit strategy for Rufiji district and the identification procedures for the second phase of the project in Kigoma and Kibondo districts. RESULTS ACHIEVED SO FAR This project is being implemented by the District Councils. with the District Bee-keeping Officer as team leader. A second field of focus will be on improving the bee-keeping areas by establishment of apiaries and the demarcation of selected areas. environmental policies and legal procedures for the wise use of bee-keeping areas. the facilitating of processor groups to acquire product certifications. CONTACT Florent Nguma. They also received practical training on bee-keeping management and quality measurement and conducted study tours.org Last update: September 2010 . The project facilitated official registration of bee-keeper’s groups and cooperatives.

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