Beekeeping lifts Albertine region women economically – Research

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The latest study to promote green economy indicates that women participating in beekeeping in the Albertine region have had their incomes increase alongside domestic violence levels in their families.

The research conducted by the Inclusive Green Economy Network-East Africa (IGEN-EA), also indicates that women in beekeeping have gained the capacity to handle all the basic needs at family level without relying on support from husbands.

It further indicates that beekeeping is viable venture to promote green economy in the Alberttine region given its host status of Budongo forest that has supporting tree species.

The oil refinery Project Affected Persons (PAPs) living in Kyakabooga resettlement area were among the respondents during the study.

Lack of sufficient bee-friendly plants or trees, poor agricultural practices such as use of pesticides, limited technical knowledge and climate change are among issues undermining efforts to scale up apiculture.

The research recommends communities to be mobilised to engage in bee-sensitive farming through avoiding practices that lead to bee swarming.

It also calls upon civil society groups and development partners to support communities with the technical knowledge and tools.

The research finally recommends that the government should encourage tree planting (agroforestry) by communities and provide maximum protection to Budongo, Bugoma and other forests that aid apiculture.

African Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) is the current host of IGEN-EA, a network of more than 26 civil society and private sector players promoting green economic alternatives in East Africa.

The brief is titled Enhancing women participation in beekeeping for livelihoods and environmental conservation in the Albertine Graben.

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