The Forum for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa plans to provide start-up equipments for 100 poor farming households across Nakasongola District to engage in the lucrative bee farming business. This project builds a bulking and processing centre for the farmers' produce so as to enable value addition and bulk marketing. Additionally, this project will build a resource centre in Wabbale Village to provide relevant literature and the critical training support services to the 100 farmers.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Nakasongola experience lots of drought exposing many farmers to high crop failure translating into food insecurity and reduced incomes, thus; high poverty levels. These farmers cannot engage in the bee farming for which the area is ranked suitable by the Ugandan Government due to lack of start-up capital and technical know-how. Therefore, this project will provide the farmers with the necessary training, market linkages and start-up equipments to engage in the less weather sensitive bee farming.
How will this project solve this problem?
Building of bee boxes; training and education for farmers (training in hive construction, site selection, harvesting, honey & wax processing, packaging, marketing, risk assessment and management, business skills and value-added production); and establishing market linkages. Market linkages will help eliminate the exploitative middlemen from the value chain.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will create 100 bee farmers providing them with an opportunity to rise out of poverty, which will provide for their families a better health and well being. This means that these farmers will have the opportunity to afford good feeding, education, accommodation and medical care for their families.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.