Bees Abroad has worked with the Agents of Development for the Rural Community (ADRUCOM) since 2008 on a number of projects. A beekeeping centre has been erected in the Northern Ghana to support Bees Abroad initiatives.
ADRUCOM projects are 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 lives in poverty. 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.
Bees Abroad Activities
Starting in 2017, this project was set up to establish Beekeeping Training Centre in Northern Ghana on land given to the project by the Karimenga Chief. The project is run locally by Victor Ayeebo, the director of the “Agents of Development for the Rural Community” (ADRUCOM). This NGO was set up by Elias Ayeebo who died in 2012. Victor took over on his father’s death and has since been training and is now a fully qualified trainer.
Funded by the Larson Legacy (USA), the Morel Trust, Open Gate, and W A Cadbury. Bees Abroad is deeply grateful for their wonderful support.
To date, some potential trainers have been trained, together with a small number of groups. However, slow progress in the construction of the training centre main building has reduced the number of training sessions being carried out within the region. The new building is due for completion in 2019.
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: Karimenga, just of Tamale to Bolgatanga road, 2.5 KM south of the border between the Northern Region and Upper Eastern Region.
Population: 121,000 with 46% under the age of 15 years
Local NGO: Agents of Development for Rural Communities
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