Organic Beekeeping Project

Project: Organic Beekeeping Project
Country: Tanzania
Alumni network:  Trade Africa Network Tanzania (TAN)


1. Tell us about your network: what is the story it?

Our network Trade Africa Network Tanzania (TAN Tanzania) was founded in 2009 with about 20 members, with the objective to promote trade in the SADC region. It focuses on strengthening local trade, which is still suffering from various trade barriers, especially poor produce qualities, insufficient product volumes, technology and skills to penetrate export markets. To date, TAN Tanzania has 155 active members. In collaboration and with the support from GIZ and other partners, the network has been building capacities of producers and processors through short term training, i.e. coffee producers, salt miners and processors, female food processors. It has participated in local and foreign trade fairs and exhibitions like the Bio Fach in Nurnberg, Germany, where 25 companies had the opportunity to showcase their products and some of them established business contacts which are still operative. Through our network, some investors have opened branches of their businesses in Tanzania and trade is flourishing. We have been running the annual exhibition known as “Africa Day Exhibition”, which has been TAN Tanzania’s flagship since 2010. Sales of and interest in organic food products is on the rise, causing our network to work on supporting organic food producers.  Hence the reason for implementing the Organic Beekeeping Project.   

2. Tell us about your project: Why is this project important to your network?

The project is a response to the prevailing situation in the Kigosi North Game Reserve, which has witnessed conflict between the Game Reserve Authority (TAWA), the pastoralists and the neighborhood community, which is dominated by traditional bee-keepers. TAN Tanzania is trying to resolve the conflict by organizing the beekeepers into formal organic beekeeping groups with the purpose of conserving Kigosi North’s ecology and training them to process good quality bee products, especially honey and beeswax. The project is bringing harmony, it is creating employment and increasing productivity while maintaining the ecology.

3. Who is the target group of your project? How will your target group will benefit from this project?

The target group for our project are young people and women in the age group of 18 – 45 living near Kigosi North Game Reserve. Formally, beekeeping was done by men only who owned the beehives and the land. The main reason for women not to participate was that the beehives were placed in too far inside the Reserve (about 70 Km from their residence) and attached to the top-most branches of the trees. Only men would climb the tree and harvest honey. In this project, women have been interested and joined the project after realizing that they could put their hives into the Reserve at between 7 to 10 Km from human activities and hang them at around 2 – 3 m high. They will benefit from the 24 beehives donated to inaugurate the project, receive regular technical advice, including training, and be put in touch with organic certifying bodies and to the organic products market. Participation to B2B platform, networking and trade fairs will increase group exposure and knowledge.

4. Where do you see the main challenges for implementing the project? What do you have to consider, plan and organize?

The main challenge lies in the fact that organic beekeeping is a new system to almost all beekeepers in the project area. This is the first project in Tanzania to be implemented in the Game Reserve. So they need regular training and follow-up to understand and manage the organic system. Cost for organic certification is another challenge to be addressed. We therefore intend to develop a full intensive project proposal highlighting critical areas to be addressed and worked upon by project promoters, partners, local government and the target community.

5. Which cooperation partners or networks are you working with? Who is helping you to implement your project?

The project is being implemented with the support of the Alumniportal Deutschland, the non-profit organization Netherlands senior experts PUM, who have provided an expert for technical advice to beekeepers as well as the local Government Authority which is regularly providing technical support through beekeeping officers. Tanzania Wild Life Authority (TAWA) is providing the land needed for beekeeping. Kundebona SACCOS (Savings and Credit Co-Operative Society), a beekeepers’ association for financial support to members, is also one of the partners of the project. Lastly, the Roman Catholic organization “Mapendo Katika Matendo” is providing space (at cost) for conducting training.

February 2018

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Privanus Simon
19 April 2020

May you I know the initiatives done by your organization tô empower more rural citizen in Tanzania

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