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EWB-Lebanon Implements Development Through Beekeeping

posted Apr 27, 2012, 12:06 PM by Nader H   [ updated Feb 11, 2014, 7:42 AM ]
EWB-Lebanon implements development in agricultural rural areas in Lebanon. The project entitled "Beekeeping for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Rural Livelihood" aims at supporting poor families in rural regions through introducing the concept of sustainable beekeeping and providing them with education, financial support, and technical cooperation in the field. Targeting the poorest regions of the country, the project identifies underdeveloped families with good potential but no financial or technical abilities, to help them develop an additional riskless source of income. 

The project starts by selecting one poor family from a rural region in Lebanon with previous experience in beekeeping, and works closely with the family members to reconsider beekeeping as a side activity to help produce natural honey.

The family is supplied with the tools and equipment needed to perform beekeeping activities, and provided with bee colonies in eight beehives to be raised and used for honey as well as queen bee production.

The role of EWB-Lebanon is to provide the material and lead training and educational sessions in partnership with local experts in the field of beekeeping. The beekeeper is committed to keep close coordination with the organization for a period of two years, reporting problems and following the recommendations of the team leader.

This all is offered to the beekeeper free of charge, the only requirement the family should commit to is to capture and keep the new bee colonies created through artificial or natural swarming in good condition for the period of 2 years. EWB-Lebanon will collect the new colonies and use them to implement a similar activity in the second phase of the project with another underdeveloped family in Lebanon. EWB-Lebanon has the right to perform artificial only once for each beehive during the project period.

The beekeeper is also asked to participate in future training sessions and train other beekeepers in later phases of the project.

The second phase of the project starts while still coordinating with the first beneficiary. During this phase the same process will be repeated with a new family to create a sustainable activity at reduced costs.