INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITES
Beekeeping is emerging as a very successful agricultural practice for local people in rural areas in both less developed and developing economies.
Not only does the practice of beekeeping have intrinsic health benefits by providing a food source of great nutritional value which is lacking in rural areas, but apiculture requires few inputs and capitalizes on a ready supply of pollen. In rural areas, there is an almost unlimited source of pollen, and bees aid greatly in the natural cross-pollination of local crops. Health benefits for local people reliant on small agriculture to provide food are centered around the enriching qualities of honey in their diet which is usually dependent upon staple foods such as maize.
The full establishment of one hive costs around USD.38. Projected average revenue from a single hive per year is between USD 250 – USD 500. Beekeeping represents a variable microeconomic enterprise that pays for itself in the first year, provides health benefits, and is practical insurance against crop failure and local unemployment.
There is a potential for grassroots poverty alleviation and empowerment of local people through the practice of Apiculture.
Our Impact In Numbers
This project aims to establish 1000 hives spread throughout Baringo, Isiolo, Kajiado, Mandera, Kitui, Laikipia, and Voi counties respectively. These hives and the initial training of the twenty members of the local communities will be used as a platform for the training and support of up to 200 local people who are interested in beekeeping per year.
The major goals of this project are hence twofold:
- To provide a new stream of income for the YBGFK and,
- To alleviate poverty through training and support of local people in the practice of apiculture.
Apiculture is a powerful way of tackling poverty at the grassroots level. YBGFK in partnership with the local communities in Baringo, Kajiado, Kitui, Laikipia, and Voi is looking to establish 1000 hives as a platform for the training and adaptation of beekeeping practice in Kenya.
This project is primarily concerned with reducing poverty among the rural people and providing ongoing resources for the work of YBGFK in Kenya.
Economic empowerment of people and support for YBGFK through the widespread introduction of apiculture in Kenya.
To empower local people with skills in beekeeping. As a way of addressing rural poverty and general health.
In addition to producing honey, bees play an important role as a pollinator of crops, pastures, and trees thus contributing to food security and environmental conservation and the availability of carbon sinks contributing to climate change adaptation.
Carbon offsetting is the process of investing in schemes that remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, typically in proportion to your own emissions/environmental impact.
Initiatives can range from adopting a beehive to planting trees to investing in renewable energy capacity.