Bee keeping for 100 Batwa Pygmies in Uganda

by Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation
Bee keeping for 100 Batwa Pygmies in Uganda

Summary

This project provides management skills and bee products to create an alternative source of livelihood for Batwa pygmies evicted from their indigenous home in the Bwindi forest when the area was conserved as a national park.

$870
total raised
9
donors
0
monthly donors
7
years

Challenge

The Bwindi forest provided the native people's livelihood before becoming the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1991. Hopes that gorilla tourism would bring local development and jobs proved false as poverty instead increased. People living near the park are less educated with greater disease risk from poor sanitation and nutrition. The Batwa Pygmies are a particularly vulnerable minority group in a critical situation. Supporting them in beekeeping provides them food security and income.

Solution

Training and supporting the Batwa in constructing bee hives, site selection, honey and wax processing, packaging and marketing and value addition chain will help them maintain bee keeping as a business and enable them to earn a sustainable living.

Long-Term Impact

The project will assist 100 Batwa pygmies to develop the means to get out of poverty by enabling them to pay school fees for their children and provide them with improved nutrition. This will also reverse the current course where these families are forced into poaching to feed themselves and will help transform them into a future generation of environmental conservationists.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

Organization Information

Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Community Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation
John Bosco Tusingwire
Project Leader:
John Bosco Tusingwire
Kampala, Western Uganda

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