Project Renitantely seeks to develop beekeeping as a sustainable livelihood in rural communities in the Anosy region of Madagascar. We will establish a collaborative network of local beekeepers in which gender equality will be promoted. The beekeepers will be equipped with training and resources to apply modern beekeeping techniques that will help them to increase honey yields and prevent diseases and infestations, with a particular focus on managing the destructive varroa mite.
In rural Anosy, chronic poverty & food insecurity is associated with limited livelihood diversification as repeated drought & failed harvests are common in the harsh climate. Though beekeeping provides a suitable alternative to this, local beekeepers require sustainable solutions to increase their honey yields and control bee diseases & infestations. This urgent need was heightened by the recent detection of the varroa mite in Anosy, where 75% of flora & fauna is dependant on insect pollination.
We will create a collaborative network of 78 'primary beekeepers' established to manage community apiaries through monthly peer-led training sessions. We will ensure 50% female representation is secured in the second & third intake of primary beekeepers to promote gender equality. Adopting a "Farmer's Field School Approach" we will ensure that activities are community-led, giving beekeepers the opportunity to trial new techniques and sustainable equipment & adopt methods that work best for them.
By introducing beekeeping as an alternative livelihood in six villages over the next year, we will seek to drive economic development across Anosy and thus help alleviate poverty in the region. This will be accomplished by a sustainable transition to modern hives, whilst also collaborating with government bodies and regional NGOs to develop a rigorous disease prevention programme. Additionally, quarterly registered training events will be held at community apiary sites to build capacity.