BEEKEEPING AS MECHANISM OF BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND LIVELIHOODS IMPROVEMENT by Alohen – Barefoot Beekeeping Team
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The proposal is a very standard small scale environment and development activity. There are hundreds of beekeeping efforts, indeed probably thousands, all over Africa. Some are local initiatives (eg lead by local governments or communities) some are lead by NGOs (local and international). The well presented proposal is not novel, is clearly feasible (since it is being done already in many places) and will have limited impact. Primarily because it is so well tried, I have not suggesting advancing this proposal to the next round.
This is a very standard small scale development action, so very low marks for novelty. It is however very feasible as evidenced by very similar projects that have been carried out in East Africa for many years. There is no mention of past CoLab proposals that this builds on and develops synergies wth and no mention of SDGs that are being targeted.
This proposal also has potential if it can be expanded to link to some other SDGs (e.g. gender equality) rather than focussing only on quick wins. There is a lot of precedent for this type of endeavor (see Under the mango tree in India, for example: https://utmt.in/who-we-are/) and there is not much novelty value- especially when applicable only to one country. I suggest that the contestants expand their proposal to think a bit more out of the box on how this could be a starting point for much more sustainable community development that meets a range of SDGs-maybe including more food security, biodiversity, water and sanitation and energy needs. Consider looking at other proposals and joining forces to strengthen your ideas.
Feb 2, 2018
Apiculture is a powerful way of tackling poverty at grassroots level and protect trees and forest products, used as source of energy by a large community of people in the Global South. Alohen, partnering with Barefoot College, will establish adoption of beekeeping practice in Tanzania. Following its expansion strategy, Barefoot will further develop the project in Zanzibar, Madagascar, Liberia, India and Pacific Islands, through its network of training centers worldwide. The main objective of the project is to create conservation awareness, empowering on the modern beekeeping methods, targeting women from rural areas and supporting them by creating local social enterprises based on bees’ byproducts. Such project was initiated by BC in Zanzibar in 2015, creating the B.Barefoot Honey brand to provide trainings and markets for local women beekeepers. Replication was initiated in India in 2016.
The project covers 11 SDGs:
The actions be taken and how could they scale
We target a direct training and equipment of 100 beekeepers per year in each location, 1 500 in total over a 3 years course. On a basis of each beekeepers sharing their skills with 3 people from their community, a total of 4 500 rural people will be impacted by the described initiative during the funded period of 3 years, the income to be generated aiming to self-sustain the program on the long term. In addition, through a model of training-the-trainer, a selection of trainees will be able to conduct trainings locally at larger scale, thus developing the possibility to generate additional income from it locally.
Barefoot program stresses the importance of regular follow up visit in beneficiaries’ villages at relevant period (honey flow, preparing for winter, drought or rainy season) during a minimum of 2 years to make sure every newly trained beekeeper feel confident and are able to efficiently carry on their activity.
This part is too often neglected in some Government or NGO’s beekeeping program focusing on training the maximum of people during short period trainings.
The countries where these actions will be taken.
1 – Tanzania, including Zanzibar
Feb 2, 2018
And addition of Pierre from Barefoot College to proposal: 5.Pierre Canevet. Barefoot Beekeeping Head we believe that we will expand the project to reach various countries to reach for much more sustainable communities in their development that meets a wide range of SDGs- especially food security, biodiversity, water and sanitation and energy needs.
-Also we have add other proposals proposals that we want to join forces to strengthen our ideas.
-Usual challenge for installed rural beekeepers starts when marketing their product, that takes consequent time compared to the beekeeping activity itself. And their honey doesn’t often reach deserved value. By developing a dedicated honey brand, B.Barefoot Honey, we aim to tackle this issue by offering fair price for honey produced to beekeepers, ensuring quality of final product, and target valuable markets. All profits generated being reinvested to sustain and expand the activity. This is a major breakthought , local communities will take ownership of the brand and packaging developed as a toolkit by Barefoot College.
-Also we have modify the project cost to suit the changes we have made.
-also we have put the list of authors including our partner Pierre from Barefoot College who is Barefoot Beekeeping Head.