H.E. President Kenyatta of Republic of Kenya on The Hive Beekeepers Kits for Rural Communities Economic Empowerment.
The Hive Group is a supplier of modern beekeeping equipment and beekeeping turn-key projects in Africa for large scale bee farms, outgrower bee schemes and smallholder beekeepers. It also partners with large scale coffee, fruit and vegetable growers to enhance quality and quantity of yields through improved pollination through stationary as well as migratory beekeeping.
Traditional beekeeping methods have been male oriented and have marginalized women. Defying this age-old custom, The Hive Group has successfully and sustainably managed to introduce beekeeping to women in Africa. The process has proved to be also helpful to attract youth to the sector. Women and youth are now inserted in the beekeeping value chain as they are provided with techniques, training and field support, and as they are offered a market with fair prices for their products.
One example of a simple step that can have great impact is the transfer of CAB hives already occupied by bees to the apiary sites, where it is convenient for women and youth to harvest honey without complications and danger of climbing trees, the traditional method. These CAB hives give women and youth the ability to produce six (6) times more than the traditional ways.
In addition, the Hive Group has set up some central stations for processing and packaging, thus creating added value already in the rural area where the collection of honey takes place.