We provide impoverished coffee farmers with the tools, training, and support necessary to engage in beekeeping and honey production. Beekeeping helps these farmers provide for their families despite a coffee crop loss of roughly 50% this year due to the "roya," a coffee plague sweeping across Guatemalan farming communities.
In rural communities in highland Guatemala many families rely on coffee cultivation as their sole source of income. During "the thin months" between harvests, incomes dwindle and farmers struggle to feed their families. Now, a coffee-rust plague called Roya is spreading rapidly across coffee farms, destroying up to 50% of crops and harvests. Without access to diversified income sources, coffee families in the region face persistent economic insecurity, food scarcity and undernourishment.
Beekeeping is an ideal income generating activity for rural coffee farmers. Other than an initial financial investment, it requires only a minimal contribution of land, labor and continued monetary input. Furthermore, hives can be installed in whatever location is most convenient, all necessary materials may be sourced locally and farmers are free to tend to hives during their spare time. The beehives will result in a variety of lucrative products: honey, wax, sweets, soap, and candles.
This project identifies two groups of 10 rural coffee farmers whose economic security has been weakened by the effects of the Roya blight and provides them with comprehensive, skill-based training in beehive management and high-quality honey production. Each group receives starter hives and basic beekeeping tools, as well as the initial raw materials needed to build hive boxes, frames and stands. Over time, beekeeping will allow farmers to generate stable income for their families.
Total Funding Received to Date: $686
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,314
Total Funding Goal: $5,000
District of Colombia