Fair honey - farmed wild
We are a beekeeping start-up, based at the Kibale Forest National Park in Western Uganda, which is a region of outstanding biodiversity and possesses one of the worlds highest diversity and concentration of primate species. However, the National Park and its borders are also causing severe human-wildlife conflicts. Crop-raiding elephants regularly leave the forest, destroy neighboring fields and threaten the life of farmers, which try to chase them away. Yet, trenches that had been dug out along the borders have limited success in stopping them. Compounding the issue, some local livelihoods still depend on (illegal) poaching and logging in the forest areas, which threatens the success of conservation efforts for rare species such as our closest relatives the chimpanzees.
By providing training, beehives and our constant support with management and marketing, we aim to educate farmers along the national park to become successful beekeepers and provide a market for their product. Through beekeeping, local farmers increase their income and develop a globally-demanded skill of honey, pollen and beeswax production. Further, beehives can be integrated in a so called beehive-fence that stops elephants from entering the fields and reduces the deaths on both sites: elephants and humans.
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With your contribution you are not only enable us to train more farmers and build the first beehive fences, but further promote pollination and the reduction of poaching on the forest by providing alternative income sources, ultimately conserving local biodiversity.
To put financial offerings into some context, we’ve outlined the costs of relevant outgoings below. Materials and wages in Uganda are not comparable to our (European) standards and thus also small donations can make a huge difference:
£10 finances over a twenty seedlings of trees that serve as bee-forage
£15 enables us to buy local wood and manufacture two beehives
£25 supports the comprehensive four-day beekeeping training course for one new farmer
£45 pays the monthly wage of one of our part-time area managers and ensure superb honey quality as well as professional progress of up to ten farmers
£250 covers a complete starting package for beehives and gear to start a modern apiary for one farmer
£1000 covers the running costs and therefore extends the life of the entire project by one month
Our goal for this fundraiser is to help us expand our reach to more farmers, construct and monitor effective beehive fences, and to build the project towards long-term financial independence.
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