Agents of Development for Rural Communities (ADRUCOM)


Bees Abroad has worked with the Agents of Development for the Rural Community (ADRUCOM) since 2008. A beekeeping centre has been erected in the Northern Ghana to support Bees Abroad initiatives.

This project is based around Karimenga village, West Mamprusi District, in northern Ghana. Agriculture is the main source of income for three-quarters of all households; this is basically on a subsistence level with smallholder farmers representing the main users of agricultural land. Around 30%-40% of the population live in poverty. Bees Abroad has been working with the Agents of Development for the Rural Community (ADRUCOM) in this region since 2008 on a number of projects. Beekeeping improves pollination and provides a second source of income.

The natural vegetation of the district comprises short trees of varying sizes and density, growing over a dispersed cover of perennial grasses and shrubs. The vegetation is annually affected by bush fires, which sweep across the savannah woodland each year. Major crops comprise okra, garden egg (a type of aubergine), water melon and cucumber. Agriculture is the main source of income for three-quarters of all households; around 30%-40% of the population live in poverty. Beekeeping improves pollination and provides a second source of income.

Bees Abroad Activities
Bees Abroad has been working with the Agents of Development for the Rural Community (ADRUCOM) since 2008 on a number of projects. In 2012, the leader of ADRUCOM, Elias Ayeebo, died, and work was put on hold for some time. His son, Victor Ayeebo has now taken on his role. A centre for beekeeping to support the Bees Abroad initiatives in the Northern part of the country was proposed. Land was donated by the local chief and three traditional buildings have been erected, two for accommodation and one as a training centre.

Future plans
Electricity is planned for the area, but although distribution poles have been installed, it is not yet known whether/when electricity will be installed, or whether people will be able to afford the service. Discussions are currently under way with another international NGO on the provision of water supplies for both the village and the apiary site.


 

Project Facts at a Glance

Location: West Mampursi District, Ghana

Population: 121,000 with 46% under the age of 15 years

Local NGO: Agents of Development for Rural Communities

Project Manager: brian.durk@beesabroad.org.uk

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