Beekeeping Program


The Simanjiro District, with a population of 141,676 according to the 2002 Tanzania National Census, is one of 5 districts in the Manyara Region of Tanzania. It is bordered to the north by the Arusha Region, north east by the Kilimanjaro Region, south east by the Tanga Region, south by the Kiteto District, south west by the Dodoma Region, and to the west by the Babati District. Simanjiro is also located within a commiphora ecoregion, which covers approximately 80% of the district and is home to th Acacia trees that are excellent for beekeeping and honey production. IOPA/OMASI Ndapuka Honey Co Ltd, in collaboration with 16 local villages, is working to construct 3,000 beehives and train local community members in order to promote beekeeping and honey production practices in Simanjiro. This program focuses on the reduction of poverty, improvement of socio-economic status and health conditions, and the overall empowerment of beneficiaries and members of rural pastoral communities by providing ongoing resources, training, and program support for the work of IOPA/OMASI.

Program Vision.

Economic empowerment of the pastoral people and support for local Maasai communities through widespread introduction of natural resource developeme and beekeeping projects across the Simanjiro District and later other Maasai districts such as Loongiito, Same and Monduli.

 

Program Mission.

To empower local people (pastoralists) and provide them with relevant skills in beekeeping and sustainable utilization of forest products as a way to reduce poverty, increase household income, address general health issues and improve quality of life.

 

The Main Goal.

Reduce poverty through socio-economic empowerment and provide opportunity for increased household income through beekeeping and natural resource development programs as well as promote sustainable development initiatives, creativity, self-reliance, and responsibility towards one’s own community.

 

Objectives:

  • Host community awareness meetings and initiate dialogue about beekeeping and the benefits of other natural resource development among the 16 villages of the Simanjiro District

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  • Design and prepare six 1-hour radio program sessions that air regularly and act as a discussion platform for the importance of beekeeping and honey production for commercial purposes

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  • Establish 6 beekeeping farms and land-use plans (apiaries) through social and physical mapping to identify suitable land for sites within the 16 villages of the Simanjiro District
  • Conduct educational training focused on beekeeping techniques, the production of honey and forest products, and the use of toll kits for beekeeping and honey harvesting to take place with the 16 villages of Simanjiro over 4 phases (one phase = 5 days of training with 20 people per village followed by 2 months before subsequent trainings)

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  • Facilitate 2 educational tours where local Maasai people from Simanjiro visit other regions in Tanzania (Iringa, Kigoma and Tabora) to learn, experience, and share with the communities of different districts
  • Connect beekeepers and farmers to OMASI/Ndapuka Honey Co. Ltd as well as with other product market outlets

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  • Direct the planting of indigenous trees within Simanjiro’s 16 villages to promote ecosystem biodiversity as well as the conservation and protection of the district’s natural environment