|Date||27 Sep 2012|
Crop raiding and illegal cattle grazing are main issues that undermine the conservation of Gishwati Forest Reserve in Rwanda. These issues create conflicts between the forest managers and local farmers. FHA designed a beekeeping project to support local farmers grouped in a cooperative called JYAMBERE to generate income to fence their ranches to reduce illegal cattle grazing and to progressively replace maize crop by ranches and potatoes in order to reduce crop raiding.
The one-year project includes trainings in beekeeping, provision of equipment, installing beehives, caring for hives and bees, monitoring and evaluation. JYAMBERE has 83 members. 3 beekeepers from three local beekeeping cooperatives and one person from the union of beekeeping cooperatives in the region (UNICOAPIGI) will train 15 of these members in modern beekeeping for 10 days during the second month of the project. During the third month, these 15 trained people will train other members of JYAMBERE in teams during 5 days.
UNICOAPIGI will assist JYAMBERE cooperative to buy equipment and to settle the beehives in sites, and will orient the cooperative in all activities related to honey and caring for bees and hives during the whole life of the project. Beehives will be bought during the fourth month of the project and be installed during the 5th month.
FHA and UNICOAPIGI will do monitoring and evaluation. The monitoring will be done through the whole cycle of the project from month one to month12. Partial evaluations will be done at the end of training of trainers, at the end of training of the members of the cooperative and after installing the beehives. The final project evaluation will be done and at the end of the project during the 12th month. FHA will technically assist JYAMBERE to adhere to UNICOAPIGI and this cooperative will sell honey to this union.
We believe that this project will be sustainable because with the increase of farmers’ revenue, they will be able to buy more beehives and extend the activity around the forest. Also FHA will continue to work closely with JYAMBERE to ensure that the income from beekeeping is mainly spent on solving crop raiding and illegal cattle grazing issues. This work will benefit both local people and the forest because it will help protecting the forest and proliferation of pollinators while injecting the revenue in local economy.
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Jyambere Cooperative member asking a question about the grant.
Madeleine Nyiratuza explaining to trainees the purpose of the training .
Trainees learning how a modern beehive has a frame that reduces the work of bees while depositing the wax for the honeycomb.
Trainees learning how to put on Beesuits and gloves and when they are needed.