Bees Abroad work in Kenya, where John and& Mary Home are overseeing “The Bee Product Enterprise Development (BPED)” – a 3-year project funded by the UK governement’s department for International Development (DFIF).
In the arid and semi-arid Land of Laikipia County and Parts of Lower Samburu, 900 pastoralist and agro-pastoral households diversify livelihoods and increase their income through Beekeeping. Amongst these households are a proportion that meet the definition “Most Vulnerable groups”.
One of the key achievements so far is that 458 households have planted at least 5 new bee friendly trees/shrubs. They have learned the value of protecting their environment to improve their honey production, and are now raising their own cuttings and seedlings for their own use. They also selling these plants in the neighbourhood. An unexpected outcome has been that the groups are setting up a seed exchange scheme with other beekeeping groups in Laikipia, where there are different tree species.
Providing alternative, sustainable incomes for these communities helps to avoid deforestation – and ties in with wider concerns in the region about environmental changes. Click here to read an article on avoiding deforestation in Tanzania.