The problem: “Honey hunting,” the traditional method of gathering honey, involves smoking bees out of their hives with fire and then breaking the hive open. Besides killing bees and destroying the hive, this method makes the beekeeper’s profit on the honey very small. One way to increase profit is to process the honey into a more valuable product, such as propolis, honey wine or beeswax, but most beekeepers lack the equipment and capital to explore this option.
The solution: ARYODI Bee Farm trains beekeepers in modern beekeeping, which is less environmentally harmful than traditional practices and up to three times more profitable. After the upfront investment, beekeeping is low-cost and high-production, allowing farmers to earn a sustainable living wage. With over 1,850 farmers trained, and 45 percent of these farmers now earning their living from honey production, ARYODI is on its way to transforming the beekeeping industry in Uganda, where 80 percent of the populations are low-income subsistence farmers. In addition to training, ARYODI provides market to the beekeepers by sourcing honey products from them for value addition and marketing.
Why ARYODI Bee Farm? Promoting honey production combats poverty on many levels. Income generating activities are created along the value chain, local agriculture outputs are increased through cross pollination by the bees, biodiversity is enhanced, and the community can enjoy the health benefits of high quality honey as food and medicine.
•To help African small holder bee farmers improve their standard of living through ownership of honey colonies which can significantly increase a family’s annual income.
•To ensure optimal crop pollination.
•To improve the quantity and quality of harvested honey, propolis and bees wax.