Promoting community based natural resources through beekeeping

Bee-keeping provides livelihood support to the rural poor in The Gambia (Photo credit: Bossman Owusu)

The Eco-Tourism Camp in Tanji bird Reserve provides the ideal backdrop for the promotion of community based natural resources and the development of modern bee keeping techniques for bee keepers in two local communities in the West Coast Region.

Mandinary and Brufut communities brought together by the Department of Forestry and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have successfully benefitted from the development of modern bee keeping techniques and practices for fifty communities’ forest committees in the West Coast Region and Central River Region (CRR).

Highlights

  • UNDP provided $15,000 funding for modern beekeeping materials and equipment procured and handed over to 2 beneficiary groups
  • A total of 400 persons, majority of whom were females benefited from the materials and equipment
  • Additional 92 persons trained in modern beekeeping techniques

The communities have benefitted from successfully developed capacity in market analysis and development using the experience of market analysis and development applications in the regions. Ecotourism has advanced as the communities more sustainable activities such as bee keeping and the production of organic honey flourishes. UNDP provided $15,600 to the project.

Modern beekeeping materials/equipment (480 bee hives, wax cream cups 2000, empty honey jars 800, bee suits 80, wellington boots 80, rubber gloves 80, smokers 8, wax sheets 120, plastic buckets 24, etc.) were procured and handed over to 2 beneficiary groups (100 people, 60% being women ) from Kombo North, and 6 beneficiary groups (300 people, 70% being women) from CRR/North.
 
For effective and efficient natural resource utilization, 92 people (31 female, 61 male) from CRR/N and Kombo North were trained in modern beekeeping techniques, including hive management, monitoring, honey extraction, processing, packaging, leveling and marketing of products. These contributed to environmental protection, climate mitigation, creation of green jobs, and creation of sustainable livelihoods and additional income generation.