TUNADO IN PROUD PARTNERSHIP WITH TRIAS IMPLEMENT ENABLING SYNERGIES BETWEEN ORGANISED AND ENTERPRISING PEOPLE (ES-OEP) PROGRAMME IN BUNYORO AND WEST NILE
In 2014, TUNADO with support from Trias embarked on implementing a 3-year programme (ES-OEP) in the regions of Bunyoro (Masindi, Hoima & Buliisa) and West Nile (Arua, Nebbi & Zombo), 2014-2016.
TUNADO focuses on four areas in this programme:
• Inclusivity (active participation of youth and women and active poor) in apiculture
• Strengthening TUNADO as an MBO to serve its membership and deliberate on its mandate of apiculture sector coordination
• Provide quality demanded integrated services to members
• Networking between S/S and N/S
Since programme inception, TUNADO has established 50 apiculture learning centres to provide extension services to the target group using the famous farmer led extension model. This has made it possible to reach 79,584 people (33,425 women & 30,241 youth). This model is based on establishing trading hubs which act as “learning centres” (demonstration apiaries), for example, the hub coordinators (teachers) each pass on their skills to 10 beekeepers (students) at their learning centres. Each of these trainees in turn establishes his/her own learning centre based on the skills acquired and trains 4 beekeepers. In this way, each centre raises the skills of 51 beekeepers (1 manager + 10 first-generation trainees + 40 second-generation trainees), ERI tool was used as reference point to develop beekeeping training posters (visual display format) which are easier for use by the illiterates who form the majority of TUNADO’s membership and market pull approach which encourages beekeepers to produce bee products that meet the available market needs.
With support from Trias, some of the active poor women and youth involved in beekeeping now have a smile after receiving information from Hofokam that it can now extend affordable financial services to honey value chain.
The programme has made remarkable cultural stereotype change in beekeeping from a typically known men’s and elderly activity to include Women (42%) and youth (38%) active participation. The programme used innovative approaches that address gender barriers and enhance women and youth participation in apiculture. For example on-farm and community based practical trainings –no need to travel long distances and incur costs to access trainings. The programme encouraged apiary siting that favours women participation other than hanging hives in trees the common practice that discourages women since they are culturally not allowed to climb trees, harvesting during the day as opposed to harvesting at night since women are not allowed to go out at night, apiary management, equipment making – since youth and economic position is low to acquire apiary equipment,(hives, smokers and protective gears), baiting, colonisation, harvesting and post-harvest handling, pests and disesase control, bulking and collective marketing that increased women and youth negotiation power.
Exposure of several beekeeping groups to the annual national week has yielded to 11 groups graduate from individually selling low quality honey to collectively sell high quality honey (14,500kg), beeswax (600kg) and 130g raw bee venom.
TUNADO is already excited about the entrepreneurship module development that Trias is facilitating together with Syntra West and USSIA. Again the programme is working towards making TUNADO finically stable MBO by facilitating establishment of business wing. With Trias support, TUNADO acquired a car which has enabled staff to reach more beekeepers in the target area for both capacity building and monitoring. Thanks to Trias.
Strengthening the Apiculture value chain for improved livelihoods in Uganda (SAIL-Uganda) will be carried out in Lira and Kotido districts. The process of developing SAIL-Uganda was based on the wide experience of TUNADO as a coordinating body for apiculture for the last 10 years. Sufficient information was generated to indicate that beekeeping is a possibility for the disadvantaged women and men in communities if market is guaranteed for beekeepers (UHTP 2014).
The overall objective of this project is to contribute to the improved livelihood resilience of 3672 people (60% women) and (40% men) living in the districts of Kotido and Lira, in northern Uganda by December 2015 and the specific objective is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of market chains for honey and beeswax in Lira and Kotido. The duration of the project is 10 months and there are mainly four results to be achieved during this period;
1. 12) rural trading hubs successfully consolidate quality honey and beeswax from rural areas and trade to high end processors and packers
1.1) twelve rural based honey and beeswax trading hubs established
1.2) twelve trading hubs are linked to beekeepers and high end packers and exporters
1.3) twelve trading hubs have quality assurance capacity and processes in place to meet the market expectations of high end packers and exporters
1.4) twelve trading hubs put in place good business models and are linked to SACCOS for matching fund and soft loans
1.5) Uganda honey and beeswax processors/ packers and exporters are able to access bee products from lira and Kotido
2. 6) beekeeper households have good skills and knowledge in best practices for honey harvesting and handling to produce good quality honey and beeswax
2.1) 120 community based beekeeper mentors –CBBMs (72 women) and 12 trading hub coordinators trained and have knowledge and skills on proper harvesting of honey and beeswax
2.2) 480 beekeeper households learn beekeeping from the CBBMs (4 per mentor)
3.) Participating stakeholders have adequate knowledge on financial management and have access to financial facilities
3.1) participating stakeholders have financial literacy and good working relationships are in place
3.2) trading hubs and high end buyers access loans and matching fund from SACCOS
4.) an enabling environment for honey and beeswax trade is established
4.1) multi stakeholders platform (business forums, honey week) established/ conducted
4.2) Project participants have increased access to apiculture technical and market information.
This project is innovative in a sense that it will use market pull approach and not push where by local trading hubs will be introduced to creating market linkages with beekeepers and the high end buyers to solve the problem of consolidation and market access.