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Grand Bahama Apiary Development & Education Program - Grand Bahama Beekeepers Co-operative Society LTD

Educate and Empower Bahamian youths to build and manage their own Apiary Businesses within the GBBCSL (Grand Bahama Beekepeers Co-operative)

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The project hopes to empower the GBBC and the more rural communities of Grand Bahama by teaching them how to capture and preserve bees, sell nucleus packages and ultimately harvest honey for sale. There will be a 4 workshops ranging from beginners to advanced throughout the island that will show the participants how to obtain an income from the products of the hive whether is be from the honey , wax, propolis and creating nucleus hive for starter beekeepers. .:Specific Activities:. Conduct workshops and give educational talks to train local citizens about the myriad of opportunities afforded to those in the Apiculture Industry Produce literature and video content informing the local citizenry about the importance of the honey-bee and the hazards of exterminating them rather than preserving them Build new hives with alternative hive construction and beekeeping methods for underprivileged communities with a focus on fire & climate change (ex. Hurricane and Flood conditions) mitigation. Facilitate the development of low-cost pollination services for local farmers Hold workshops to train the Grand Bahama Beekeepers Cooperative Society in advanced beekeeping methodologies and product development

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Directly: 100 Citizens Inducted into program | Indirectly: 50,000+Grand Bahama Citizens Literature and videos: <= 11,000 – 17,000 Citizens | Video: <= 51,609 Citizens (Numbers based on Circulation of National Paper and National Cable Subscribers) Direct: 20+ Farmers slated for hive-placement Indirectly: ~30,000 Citizens in the project communities

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

This project has been the first of its kind to use such a powerful support structure of partners (IICA, Bahamas Development Bank, BAIC, Dept of Co-operative Development, Office of the Prime Minister) under the Co-operative organization structure targeted at youths specifically to differentiate itself from similar initiatives in the country and the region.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Grand Bahama Beekeeper's Cooperative was the result of a government project introducing beekeeping as a new potential industry to The Bahamas. Throughout the program, we gained experience through seasoned beekeepers from abroad, agro-ecotourism specialists and practicing in the field.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The project was started out of the desire of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Office of The Prime Minister, the Bahamas Development Bank (BDB) and the Department of Cooperatives all meeting with one goal in mind: Empowering Grand Bahamian youth in a way that boosts the economy and helps the environment.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Bridging Planet and Prosperity - Our project has always been laser focused on providing substantial opportunities to Grand Bahamian youths by empowering them to take a hold of their economic future by becoming business owners in the Apiary field and by doing so: also help the environment by encouraging the dying bee population to flourish

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Bahamas Development Bank - Funding Assistance Inter-American Institute on Co-operation in Agriculture - Advise and training Office of the Prime Minister - Funding Assistance, Local Governmental Concessions and Policy Shaping Department of Co-operative Development - Advise and National Governmental Concessions

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

Direct connections with Governmental Agencies gives up a seat at the table for all policy decisions on Apiary Activities, Products, Services and Supplies. Grand Bahama's current unemployment statistics and the constant outflow of high-school graduates into a limited job market on the island makes for a substantial youth market for such a project The Grand Bahamian climate is perfectly suited for Apiary activities

Geographic Focus

Northern Bahamas

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

All partners involved in the project have signed on for a three year development period, of which we are in month 6, leaving 30 months left for the project's execution phase.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


Join the conversation:

Photo of Tabi Ewing

Hello GBBC Grand Bahama Beekeepers Cooperative team! Congratulations on a fantastic idea! We thought you may be interested to read about the OASIIS platform (see link below) - an online hub which could host the Grand Bahama Beekeepers and connect them with other bee keepers around the globe. We are beginning to establish a Honey Enterprise Cluster and have had several activities happening throughout the network, including a webinar workshop between an Italian honey producer (and OASIIS member) and bee keepers in West Ghana - please find the video also attached to our idea at:

We welcome any questions you may have on OASIIS! The platform itself is under redevelopment but we welcome you to register and become a member here: Your information would then be automatically uploaded to the new platform once finished!

All the very best!

Tabi and the OASIIS team

Photo of Gayanjith Premalal

Hi GBBC Grand Bahama Beekeepers Cooperative  Team, It's great to see you in the challenge! You are proposing an unique idea that bridges prosperity with planet. I would like to hear more about the human centered approaches that you are hoping to use in your on boarding process. And of course, it is better to read through the evaluation criteria of the challenge in order to fill in if you are missing any part at the moment.

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Sorry for the late reply and thank you for the compliment. Our project zeroes in on the human element by not assuming the aspect of Apiary activity that individuals would be interested in and instead educating and seeking funding for our current and target members to be empowered to lift themselves out of poverty. For example: One of our most active current members just chancingly attended one of our education sessions, but once she found out about the Bee Art and Hive product jewelery aspect: She saw the benefit immediately and has now began making wonderful and fast selling line of jewelery and art straight from the hive and crafted by her.

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Kathleen Kathleen I thought you may be interested to read this idea!

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Thank you for linking us. We can share a great deal in terms of best practices and experience!

Photo of Kathleen Rommel

Very interesting! At Yamba Malawi, we do beekeeping as well—I'd love to hear more about your experience with the community building the hives they utilize!

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Sorry for the late reply. I too would love to hear about methodologies and exeriences on your end! We had an excellent time building the pre-cut hive pieces and it was a great bonding experience for the group. A challenge we had was finding reasonably priced carpentry work to make them locally. We will likely have to educate one of our members to create the wooden slats necessary and hopefully funding will help with that.

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Congratulations Grand Bahama Beekepers Cooperative, your project accomplishes two difficult tasks. Empowering the community by teaching them a job and helping the environment by educating youth on the importance of bees and the impact they have in the ecosystem.

We were wondering… Have you developed an actual training program for different age groups?
Uniting people towards one goal is not an easy mission to achieve and yet, you made it possible. Having created a cooperative with such a multidisciplinary team, helps you guarantee the longevity of your project.

We hope to hear from you and wish you the best of luck developing your project further.

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Sorry for the late reply. The initial target for the project was several stratified programs for school age, young professionals and seniors. Unfortunately: A lack of initial funding demanded that we adjust our scope tighter to focus on unemployed youths out of high school. We are currently in the process of going to schools and holding education presentations and would love to return to our original modality, if funding materializes.