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Honey production

The bee-keeping solution

With rising unemployment in the area and demand for honey growing, many people in Chimanimani decided that bee-keeping was the best way for them to make a living. However, the traditional techniques and equipment that they used were more suited to bee-keeping as a hobby than as a business.


Recognising this problem, Intermediate Technology Development Group worked with local people to set up the Bumba Honey Centre. This:

As a result of the centre's work, harvesting honey quickly became a profitable business in Chimanimani. New bee-keepers were trained, including a number of women (in the past, bee-keeping had been seen as a man's job). The quality of the honey improved and farmers were able to sell it for a better price. Some of the profits made were used to set up new centres in other areas.

Today bee-keeping in Chimanimani is thriving and over 300 people use the Bumba Honey Centre.

How has the Bumba Honey Centre affected people's lives?

Bee-keeping in schools

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