This major project, funded by UK Department for International Development (DFID), targeted the entire semi-arid Laikipia County and parts of Samburu County (>400,000 people), training 1000+ beekeepers. The formal project (entitled the Bee Product Enterprise Development – BPED project) has ended, and was DFID-rated A+, indicating it had exceeded expectations.
Based at the Cheptebo Rural Development Centre, Bees Abroad has provided support for training modules, and demonstration and training apiaries, enabling farmers to increase high quality honey production for local consumption and increasingly for sale.
This group was set up in 2015. The group comprises some 50 enthusiastic members, one of whom is a carpenter able to make hives. Another member, a tailor¸manufactures protective bee-suits, giving members the opportunity to purchase items at a very affordable price.
Palmy is situated in Muranga county, around 80km north-east of Nairobi. The project was identified in 2016, and the group comprises many young people.
Kisii is a county in South West Kenya, not far from Lake Victoria, into which many of the rivers in the area flow. The county is hilly, with several ridges and valleys, and with average annual rainfall of 1500mm.