Uyogo is the main village in a small cluster of communities in Tabora Region of western Tanzania. The area is within the extensive indigenous Miombo Forest and honey from the trees is popular throughout Tanzania. Uyogo has an established link with Kenilworth, in the UK. The Kenilworth-Uyogo Friendship Link (KUFL) has funded the school, a medical centre and a fresh water supply. Life in the village is still very hard.

Bees Abroad activities

In 2017 Bees Abroad, with KUFL as a funding partner, started a project that will give local beekeepers, now working as a co-operative, the capacity to help the community make better use of the Miombo honey opportunity. To help this project be sustainable, Bees Abroad will be supporting the local lead trainer as he completes a Diploma Course at Tabora Beekeeping Institute.

In the initial phase Bees Abroad provided training to the beekeepers to help them begin the move from traditional log hives to more accessible and productive top bar hives. Over eight days, the team of 14 beekeepers learnt to build, site, colonise and manage modern hives. A training apiary has been founded which will serve as the focal point for the future training and support these beekeepers will provide to the 120 other members of the community who want to become beekeepers. Bees Abroad will help them provide training and locally sourced materials so they can raise their family income above subsistence levels.

Into the future

During late 2017 a second phase of training will begin, processing and marketing the honey yield from the first season. In nearby Urambo, the District Council have built a marketplace to help local producers get their products to buyers from other parts of Tanzania. The Uyogo Beekeepers expect to use this facility.

The initial training highlighted two important additional requirements: firstly more bee suits will need to be available for the next group of trainees and whilst discussions have begun with the local tailors, we anticipate they will need help sourcing suitable materials; secondly, the group will need a building to house the equipment necessary to produce quality honey in the desired quantities.

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