Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiH EA) and Africa Bee keeping Limited (ABL) has inked a partnership deal that aims at developing the honey value chain in Baringo County. Baringo County is a key honey potential area with an estimated value of KES 900 million annually.
Speaking during the partnership signing, HiH EA CEO Pauline Ngari emphasized on the need for exploiting honey value chain as it will go a long way in improving the livelihoods of the farmers and also increase their income levels. “Bee keeping is a low lying fruit for the county. The Baringo Honey initiative will be a friendly business for women and the youth most of whom have been left out of the traditional bee keeping practice,” Pauline said.
She added that there is need for the county government to help bee farmers access foreign markets in the Middle East while at the same time urging more farmers to take up the initiative as it requires minimal start up capital.
Pauline noted that the county has great potential for high quality honey production and is endowed with the appropriate ecosystem for the appropriate volumes for honey market.
Pauline urged the county government to support this initiative since it is in line with the county’s development agenda. “Enterprise development and job creation is at the center of the government’s policy and thus there is need to support the bee keepers of Baringo County to help improve their livelihoods.”
HiH EA has supported the distribution of about 130 beehives to over 100 bee farmers signaling the start of the initiative which is been implemented in Eldama Ravine, Kabarnet and Nakuru East branches. This initiative will spur development and contribute to boosting the economy of the county.
HONEY VALUE CHAIN BOOST
Hand in Hand Eastern Africa has received a grant of SEK 900,000 from radiohjalpen targeting 675 farmers under the honey value chain project in Baringo County. The goal of the project is to increase farmers’ engagement in climate change resilient agriculture.
The intervention empowers smallholder farmers and women farmers in particular, with skills to engage in sustainable and climate change resilient agriculture. Skill building in resilient farming is not only important for today’s farmers to live healthy lives, but also for coming generations to inherit farming practices that are sustainable, resilient and secure. In the long term, the intervention contributes to increased food security, agricultural yields and resilience to climate change among smallholder farmers in Baringo County.
HiH EA has been working with sustainable development in Baringo since 2012 and is a recognized actor in the target area, both with regards to working with farmer communities, local government institutions and community leaders.