In-bag agriculture and beekeeping activity
Kenya – Northern region of Moyale, Elleborr village
October 2016 – september 2018
Interactions & Solidarity and Strategies for Nothern Development
1 group of 10 women (goat breeding), 1 group of 20 farmers (agricultural activities)
Heart of the project
A village struck by drought
Elleborr is a landlocked village, consisting of a host community and of displaced people since the end of 2013. The village faces difficulties linked to food security as well as the diversification of revenues – apart from pastoral activities which is endangered by frequent drought.
A technique adapted to dryness
Although beekeeping activity and cultivating in sacks (short cycle vegetable that grow in drilled bags) need little water, they are not developed in Northern Kenya.
Previous studies established that cultivating in sacks is coherent with the local context. Moreover, flower species used in beekeeping activity are already present locally as well as a basin to water cattle.
To introduce a beekeeping activity to a group of women by installing the beekeeping site, by buying the necessary inputs as well as beekeeping materials. Flowers suited for the climate will be planted and trainings to maintain hives conducted.
To develop agriculture in sacks by buying the necessary materials (bags, seeds, etc.) but also by relying on simplified trainings which will be replicated to all the farmers of the community.
Management and training
To insure the local management of honey and crops productions by officially registering 2 Community Based Organization. Then, thanks to management trainings, a development strategy on sales channels for production surplus will be put in place.
Nothern Kenya has experienced ones of the worst forms of drought. The community has lost all their livelihoods which affected our programming and planning. Despite this, I can assure you that our project has kicked off and that beehives have been set up.Dida Ali Ibrahim, leader of SND, local partnerFeedback on the local situation
The rate of people with no revenues in the community will decrease from 17% to 3%.
95% of families will consume products deriving from the beekeeping or the agricultural activity.
A 15% drop of people suffering from chronic malnutrition.