The beekeeping education in Tolay, Ethiopia, has brought many advantages for the local population. Carried out by the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and financed by Biovision, it was combined with a number of other projects.
The 4H science paradigm, shared byicipe and Biovision, includes human health, animal health, plant health and environmental health. If all those aspects are considered in these projects, their success for improving the livelihood of the people is guaranteed. Apart from beekeeping, a Tsetse Fly control project was launched in 2006, the integrated vector management (IVM) aimed at limiting the transmission of malaria and the introduction of the Push-Pull method to control stemborers and striga, badly affecting maize yields.
The beekeeping project improved food security and provided an income for many previously jobless people. Gender equality was also improved as many women were able to participate in the courses which opened new opportunities for them. In addition, environmental benefits through pollination and other aspects also improved the livelihood of the population.
Finally,icipe also invested in infrastructure development to accommodate research and other facilities to improve capacity building. The capacity building component is among the most important achievements of the project. So far, the beekeepers received several trainings on hive making, queen rearing, royal jelly production, honey processing and testing, packaging and business development skills.
Publication from theicipe (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology) about the beekeeping project in Tolay, Kenya: Open PDF-File