Nigeria

Read out about the work and impact of Bees Abroad projects in Nigeria

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Nigeria

Read out about the work and impact of Bees Abroad projects in Nigeria

Active projects

A selection of our active projects in Nigeria:

APA Beekeepers

Project Goals
1) Train 15 participants (existing beekeepers) in modern beekeeping over 1 beekeeping year to increase income and achieve participant outcomes
2) Support 2 group participants (min) to become beekeeping trainers supporting their group and eventually to join the Bees Abroad in country trainer network (to cover Benue State, SE Nigeria region)
 
How will we achieve these goals

Train the group in modern beekeeping practices, including how to build beehives, bee suits, smokers, bee brushes. In addition, the group will be taught how to produce high quality honey and value-added products such as creams and lip balms. Participants will be assessed and certified. Selection and support for group trainers will be ongoing.

Challenges Faced by Community

There are challenges at both project and individual participant levels. Challenges for Project Sucess are Apiary location & Participant Attendance. The participants will need to be organised and focused over a bee season to identify a group apiary, attend regularly and put training into practice. There is more than one potential location for a central training apiary. If a central training apiary is not identified early and agreed, consistent attendance may be an issue. We are aiming for 85% attendance over the bee year. BA also hope to recruit 2 new trainers from the group. Per personal statements from participants, income generation is a key personal motivator. The group will need to devise an action plan in advance, to maximise opportunities to increase income from honey and secondary product sales.

Abotokio Agro Village Farmers Association

Project Goals
1. Training Capacity – Modern beekeeping practices & techniques (per BBKA Tropical Syllabus), using Bees Abroad Basic manual
 
2. Skills & Knowledg – Production of top bar hives and personal equipment (bee suit, smokers, bee brushes and hive tools).
 
3. Income Generation – Sale of honey  and appropriate secondary products
Outcomes

1) Capacity Building using and developing local trainers and 15 new beekeepers – BA trained local beekeeping trainers will introduce modern beekeeping practice; over time, income from beekeeping/secondary products will help to increase income generation in the local community. This approach represents sustainable delivery of beekeeping capacity to the community. Potentially 40 new beekeepers to be trained in year 3 onwards (unemployed youths, women and widows, approx. 50% will be women).

2) A local training Apiary – Managed by trainers and new beekeepers; a local resource to educate local rural bee hunters to adopt modern beekeeping as a livelihood option to address socio-economic challenges. Over time, this will help to reduce the incidents of honey hunting which is predominant locally.

How will we achieve these goals

1) Training Sessions delivered by in country Bees Abroad Trainer over 2 year

2) Group Apiary set up

3) Theory & Practical hands on practice supported by in country bees Abroad trainer 4) Training in secondary products

Challenges Faced by Community

The majority of Abotokio Village are tenant farmers. They are a-poor, largely uneducated community; beekeeping as a secondary activity represents an opportunity to diversify to generate increased income for sustainable livelihoods. The percentage of young people in schools is low compared to neighbourhood areas, with low rates of secondary school leavers and graduates. Most young people are unemployed in the area.

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Past projects

A selection of past projects in Nigeria

MAMIE

Project Goals
To train MAIME forest workers’ wives in sustainable beekeeping skills to supplement the income of the forest workers’ families and alleviate poverty. This will involve 3 trainees including the MAIME forest manager (1 male) = 4 new beekeepers.
 
The forest manager will go on to train new beekeepers from other MAIME forest workers to become independent beekeepers and or beekeepers for MAIME. MAIME will buy honey for sale. Therefore, over time, for beekeeping activity to provide income for MAMIE Foundation by promoting and marketing organic honey as a healthy alternative food and sale of beeswax.
Outcomes
Future outcomes as a result of the project:
 
  • MAIME to establish a sustainable organic apiary of about 20 bee hives
  • To obtain NAFDAC certification for marketing MAMIE’s Honey. 
How will we achieve these goals
1. Training Capacity – Modern beekeeping practices & techniques (per BBKA Tropical Syllabus), using Bees Abroad Basic manual
2. Skills & Knowledg – Production of top bar hives and personal equipment (bee suit, smokers, bee brushes and hive tools).
3. Income Generation – Sale of honey  and appropriate secondary products
Challenges Faced by Community

1) Very low level of beekeeping and education background of the trainees

2) Working around forest production schedules for palm oil

3) Migration of workers from country to town

Excel

Project Goals

1) Training Sessions delivered by in country Bees Abroad Trainer over 2 year

2) Group Apiary set up

3) Theory & Practical hands on practice supported by in country bees Abroad trainer

4) Training in secondary products

5) Bees Abroad training certification

Outcomes

1) 12 new beekeepers in Y1, 5 trainers

2) 15 new beekeepers in Y2

3) Individual and group apiaries in production for income generation from sales from honey and secondary products

How will we achieve these goals
1. Training Capacity – Modern beekeeping practices & techniques (per BBKA Tropical Syllabus), using Bees Abroad Basic manual
 
2. Skills & Knowledg – Production of top bar hives and personal equipment (bee suit, smokers, bee brushes and hive tools).
 
3. Income Generation – Sale of honey  and appropriate secondary products
Challenges Faced by Community

1) Lack of economic opportunities – for income generation

2) Time lag between training as a beekeeper, volume honey production and income generation

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