NARO CGS Apiculture Project

National Agricultural Research Organisation Competitive Grant Scheme (NARO – CGS)

The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organization TUNADO is implementing a one year project “Development and Commercialization of Bee Products in Uganda”under NARO CGS programme cohort IV. Rwebitaba ZARDI is the project host and is implemented in a consortium of 8 partners (Makerere University, TUNADO, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry & Fisheries, Four zonal agricultural research institutes (Rwebitaba in Kabarole, Nabuin in Moroto, Abi in Arua & Bulindi in Hoima) and National agricultural Livestock Research Institute .  

The overall objective of the project is to develop and commercialize bee products in Uganda.

Specific objectives of the project 

• To develop bee products (honey, bees wax, propolis and bee venom) to acceptable standards.

• To skill rural communities to add value to bee products

• To develop consistent marketing plan and linkages for bee products

• To capacitate communities with entrepreneurship skills to run their apiculture enterprises as profit making businesses 

• To synthesize, package and disseminate information on the innovative tools and technologies for adding value to honey.

Expected Outputs  

1. At least four bee products developed

2. At least 500 beekeepers and other actors skilled in adding value to bee products and by products of their choice 

3. At least a sustainable marketing model for bee products established   

4. At least 500 beekeepers received entrepreneurship skills to run apiculture enterprises as profit making businesses

5. All generated information on the innovative tools and technologies for promoting apiculture in Uganda synthesised, packaged and disseminated


Skilling Rural Communities with Oxfam

Oxfam Uganda invests in Creating Women and Youth livelihood opportunities in apiculture in Uganda.

Following successful  implementation of SAIL-Uganda (9 months pilot beekeeping project funded by Oxfam in West Nile, Mid North And North East in 2015), Oxfam is once again supporting The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organization (TUNADO) for five year project 2017-2021 Bee better:  Creating Women and Youth livelihood opportunities in apiculture in Uganda (Bee Better Uganda). The project aims at contributing to improved livelihood resilience of 3,000 beekeepers (60% women) in Karamoja (Kotido district), West Nile (Nebbi&Arua districts) and Mid North (Gulu) sub regions of Northern Uganda by December 2021

This project is working on three specific objectives

 1)  Skilling rural communities in beekeeping production and value addition of bee products (honey, propolis, beeswax, pollen and bee venom), 

2) Equip youth and women with entrepreneurial skills for starting and growing sustainable apiculture SMEs 

 3) Strengthening market linkages and contribute to policies and standards that benefit youth and women participation in apiculture value chain.

The project will employ different strategies and approaches to realize project objectives as follows; 

1) Market pull approach that will include establishment and strengthening of existing farmer owned and managed trading hubs to act as first link connecting rural beekeepers bee products to high end buyers and World of Bees speciality shop, facilitate market linkages, trade promotions, business forums among others.

 2) Beekeeper to Beekeeper training and extension model to skill youth and women in apiary management, bee products harvesting, post-harvest handling, processing, quality assurance mechanisms and value addition.

 3) Gender Action Learning Methodologies (GALS) as a vehicle to stimulate women inclusion in the project.

4) Equipping women and youth with entrepreneurial skills to start and grow apiculture MSMEs as a way of self-employment and creating employment to others.

 5) Value chain financing as a means to increase working capital for trading hubs, emerging women and youth entrepreneurs to buy bee products for on-ward trade during harvesting season and 

6) Creating enabling environment that benefit youth and women full participation in apiculture project (product certification, National Apiculture Policy, Tax exemption, networking and business platforms, information among others).

We thank to Oxfam Uganda for the initiative to support beekeeping.


BTC Supports Skilling beekeepers

Belgium Technical cooperation (BTC) in Uganda supports Skilling Beekeepers 

Belgium Technical Cooperation (BTC)is funding a one year skilling project in the Albertine region under the skills development fund, as part of the support to skilling Uganda strategy (SSU).  The project is being implemented at Nyabyeya Forestry College in Masindi district in partnership with TUNADO and Trias Uganda. The project aims at enhancing the employability of beekeeping graduates through a sustainable model of skilling college instructors and students (certificate and diploma) with entrepreneurship and hands-on practical apiculture skills. The initiative seeks to address the concerns of chain actors on the employability skills of college graduates. Skilling the graduates will ensure that they access employment in public and private sectors especially in  equipment manufacturing, value addition, apiary management among others. Graduates will also have the necessary skills to start up their own businesses and employ others. Increasing skilled personnel will lower the cost of extension services in the sector as well as assure quality extension service delivery. This will translate into increased adoption of beekeeping hence creating employment and source of income for youth and other farmers.

Implementation strategies 

1) Capacity building of instructors in practical beekeeping and didactics 2) Practical training of trainees in apiary management 3) equipment manufacturing and bee-product development 4) Provision of life and entrepreneurship skills through exposure and coaching 5) Provision of practical work based learning through an industrial training program with the private sector.

In addition to the Certificate in beekeeping and Diploma in beekeeping offered by Nyabyeya Forestry College, graduates who will participate in the project will be offered certificates depending on their field of specialty. These are:

1. Certificate in Apiary management

2. Certificate in bee equipment manufacturing

3. Certificate in bee product development 


Enabling Synergies between Organised and Enterprising People-ESOEP

Trias supports TUNADO to provide focuses Business Services to her members through ESOEP

Early this year Trias awarded  The Uganda National Apiculture Development Organisation (TUNADO) a five year 2017 – 2021  “ Enabling Synergies Between Organised and Enterprising People “ that receives support from Belgian  Director General Development (DGD)  embarked on implementing a five year project 

The project is a continuation of the ESOEP 2014- 2017 and is being implemented in West Nile (Arua, Nebbi and Zombo) and Bunyoro (Masindi, Bulisa and Hoima)

General objective of the programme is to see family farmers and small scale entrepreneurs; especially poor people, women and young people have a sustainably improved livelihood and act collectively.

Objectives of the new programme 

1. TUNADO provides focused business services, including its business wing at all levels, supporting entrepreneurial skills for its members and establishment of formal, sustainable SME’s that have better access to resources and markets.

2. More Participation of women in decision making and representation in the board, providing women-targeted services, leading to formal women-owned enterprises in production and processing 

3. More youth actively participating in decision-making, accessing tailor-made services leading to increased youth membership and profitable youth operated enterprises

4. A well established and maintained organisation in its own premises, with functional regional offices and competent, motivated and well-performing staff and board

5. TUNADO is the centre of excellence for apiculture, recognised nationally and internationally, enhancing advocacy for its members through inclusive and innovative MSPs and contributing to better opportunities for its members

The Programme Seeks To Achieve The Following Results:-

1) Empowered poor, women and youth proactively participate in their own Member based Organisation or in democratic, open and mixed MBOs, acting towards a more inclusive society

2) TUNADO has effectively improved their internal organisation and organisational sustainability

3) TUNADO and their strategic public and private partners facilitate integrated quality services to ensure better participation in markets, especially of poor people, women and young people

4) TUNADO joins in coordination, dialogue and collaboration with other actors towards a more inclusive global society

Expected Outputs 

• Increased TUNADO membership satisfaction for services offered to 96% by 2021

• Reach out to 85342 members (29869 women and 36876 youth) with capacity building trainings by 2021

• Increased membership performance in application of new knowledge, skills and improved techniques to 1780 (623 women and 534 youth) by 2021

• Members with sustainable production techniques and business performance -1424 (498 women and 427 youth) by 2021




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