The farmers in Northern Ghana live in high poverty. The beekeeping project gives women and youth the opportunity to generate their own income and to have a meaningful and respectful position in their community and family.

Madam Safura is proud!

“I am very glad that our family has been introduced to appropriate beekeeping. My husband was introduced first and I was introduced later. We will teach this technique to our children and they will also teach it to their children because the benefits are enormous to us. We can depend on it for alternative income.

During the first year of our engaging in beekeeping we felt so threatened of bee stings and we did not see the positivism in it but after being encouraged, motivated and being trained by CPYWD, things turned over. The first harvests were not so encouraging but the second and third were good. If it has not been for the GH¢100 (equivalent of €65) sale of honey harvested from our few hives my husband and I would not have been able to organize the naming ceremony for newly born baby boy, a ceremony cherished in our community. In the future the beekeeping will assist me to pay for the health and school needs of my children.”
(The story of Madam Safura, trained in beekeeping in the pilot group (2007-2008).

Why beekeeping?

Beekeeping has a great environmental impact as well as income generating potential. The cross-fertilization effect promotes crop yielding and creates an ecological environment. Traditional bee hunters burn the tree nests of the bees, but modern beekeeping prevents bush burning and destruction of the bees. Beekeepers are more aware of keeping the environment green, since they benefit from the diversity of plants and preservation.
Further more beekeeping products generate income, with a high profit rate. At the same time it is not very time consuming. Since the women are already very busy with farming, taking care of the children, household and other duties, this is very relevant.
And at last bee products (honey, bee wax and pollen) are very healthy. Honey is a good replacement of sugar and when you have a cold it has an healing effect.
Anyone who is trained and has a small credit can become a beekeeper.

The project

In phase 1 (2008-2009) CPYWD has trained 150 women and youth in beekeeping in 9 communities in Bimbilla area (click here for google maps). In that year we also started with the building of a multifunctional Resource Centre, whereby the participants will be trained further and where the honey will be processed and bottled. The quality of the honey will be checked and guaranteed in this way.
The participants were anxious to know more about modern beekeeping, as Madam Safura also described.
We have been able to achieve all objectives of phase one, expect some trainings who have been postponed to phase 2. See the year report for all detailed information.

In October 2009 we started with phase 2 of the project. In phase 2 all the 150 participants will receive a beehives set (including protecting cloths) so they can actually start as a beekeeper. They have to pay the beekeeping set back within three years. Each honey harvest they hand over a percentage of their income plus a service fee.
For the rest a field worker a Resource Centre guarder will be hired to make sure that the project will be monitored and the participants take care of their beehives properly.
During the year the participants will be offered trainings in business management, honey harvesting, risk management, quality control, marketing and more. See proposal phase 2 for the full project proposal.
At this moment the staff in Ghana is designing a business plan for the beekeeping project. At the end of 2010 our long term plans will be clear, including the exit strategy. At this moment we are looking at the possibilities to partner with micro finance institutions/banks. If we want to extend the project and train and support more women, is will be necessary to involve micro finance institutions.

Our partners

Impulsis is our sustainable partner. 50% of the total budget is covered by Impulsis. For the rest we try to attract organizations and individuals, stakeholders in Ghana for funding and we organize fund raising activities (like selling postcards). For the rest our project is also on the 1%club. The 1% club is an online network place that promotes to individuals and companies to spend 1% of your time, money and expertise for good causes and to keep the rest for yourself. Since September the beekeeping project is online!
Different partners, like Afro Euro, PUM and Oikocredit have shown their interest in the beekeeping project. For the rest students or volunteers are invited to contribute to develop a business plan.

rapport fase 2 beekeeping St Partnership Ghana