Ukuzaji Wa Asali Arica (Honey Care Africa)
Ukuzaji Wa Asali Arica (Honey Care Africa), Honey Care Africa is a social enterprise that strives to raise incomes for rural Kenyan farmers through apiculture. Taking advantage of a tradition of beekeeping as a supplementary source of food and cash income for Kenyan farmers, the enterprise has sought to improve the productivity and viability of this sustainable livelihood activity as an alternative to poaching, timber-felling, and charcoal burning for many of the country's poorest rural communities.
Through the design, manufacture, and sale of Langstroth bee hives, the enterprise has intervened to boost the supply capacities of farmers; by agreeing to purchase the honey produced at a fair rate, the initiative has strengthened demand for the raw material. Honey is then packaged and marketed in urban areas under the brand names "Honey Care Africa" and "Beekeepers Delight", with the majority of profits being passed on to the 15,000 households taking part in the initiative to date.
Equator Prize Winner: 2002
Location: Seven of eight Kenyan provinces
Beneficiaries: 15,000 households
Biodiversity: Pollination benefits
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Equator Prize 2002
Tel. Kenya: 0701 063 001 | Tel. U.S.: 303 817 1054
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