Progress of the SAIL-Extension in West Nile

In September 2015 The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) in partnership with OXFAM Novib in Uganda embarked on a four months pilot project (Enhancing the position of women in the honey value chain for improved Livelihoods) in West Nile. The project is an extension of SAIL Uganda (strengthening the apiculture value chain for improved livelihoods) which TUNADO has successfully implemented in the northern and north eastern regions of Uganda particularly lira and kotido districts respectively). In Uganda today, the participation of women in economic activities is often hampered by their lack of control over production resources. Women often contribute more labour to production as compared to men but lack access to and control over the proceeds of their labour. In the move towards reduction of poverty, women should have economic power to access and control the proceeds of their labour. Beekeeping has and will always provide an opportunity for women to contribute towards reduction of household poverty since the enterprise does not require ownership of land or other assets, which majority of the rural women have no direct control over. The project seeks to strengthen the participation of women in beekeeping in West Nile, an agro-ecological zone for beekeeping which was ranked the highest in honey production area in Uganda (UBOS, 2010). Women face severe constraints in accessing trainings, credit facility, market and information in the honey value chain , and therefore The project intends to improve women’s economic participation for self-reliance through provision of business services, trainings, and access to markets, information and technology. The project implemented by TUNADO  is working in four districts of Nebbi, Arua , Koboko and Maracha districts and has sofa reached out to 2388  out of  3,750 beekeepers organized in 250 groups and 10 trading hubs
The tactful approaches TUNADO is using to neutralize the challenges faced by beekeepers in west Nile
Innovation and approaches

1) Use of Beekeeper to Beekeeper Extension (B2BE) Model as a vehicle to provide trainings to women in the honey value chain. With this approach, a total of 54 learning centres have been created and used as learning sites to reach out to 2388 community based beekeeper mentors of whom 1074 are women.  The trainings conducted include; (Record keeping, Group governance and management, Apiary establishment and management, hive making, bating and colonisation, making protective gears, bulking and collective marketing, harvesting and post harvest handling of hive products) . Using the B2B extension model, each of the trained beekeepers is expected to use his or her apiary as a learning centre for training other 4 persons. These trainings were accompanied with an exposure visit to KABECOS were team of hub managers and CBBMs were introduced to a successful beekeepers cooperative in kamwenge for them to learn and replicate best practices attained in areas of managing collection and learning centres but also understand how collective marketing is done.
 2) Establishment of trading hubs for market access: A total of 10 trading hubs have been established in the 4 districts of intervention and a run by both women and men managers, these a working as collection centres receiving honey and beeswax from  over 3000 beekeepers in West Nile. TUNADO has gone ahead to train, mentor and organize Women beekeepers to supply honey and beeswax to the trading hubs. This has provide the first market link connecting rural women beekeepers to the high-end honey and beeswax buyers such as BNU, Bugaari winery, KABECOS etc. It’s presumed that by the end of the project, a total of 3750 beekeepers both women and men shall be supplying both honey and beeswax and this will address the current challenge of women’s limited access to market.
3) Financial access: TUNADO has finalised Negotiations with several financial institutions to design a low interest financial product targeting both women and men beekeepers to invest in honey value chain activities.  Such product will consider women’s limitation in access and control of resources that are normally used as collateral security and their abilities to negotiate for the financial facility. However, beekeepers will first receive trainings in financial literacy before accessing the soft loans

4) Gender Action Learning Systems: with the help of OXFAM, TUNADO has trained up to 45 community based beekeeper mentors in GALS, a household methodology with emphasis on women and men with their visions for change. This will ensure women’s full and effective participation in the honey value chain and equal opportunities for leadership and economic decision making at household, community organizational and public level.

 5) Creating an enabling environment: for business flourish there is always need for an enabling environment a reason why the Business forum, multi-stakeholders platform and an exposure visit were organised to pitch, mentor and increase business acumen of women beekeepers.




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