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Beekeeping as an alternative source of livelihood and a solution to environmental challenge

making people self reliant in the art and science of beekeeping and apiculture

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Women Agricultural Development Forum

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Beekeeping Extension Society, University lecturers, Community leaders and government officials

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?


Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?


What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

It is where I spent 5 years for my undergraduate studies and have carried out studies and researches in the area.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

The inhabitants are peasant farmers that do practice traditional beekeeping and local businesses. They grow arable crops such as sorghum, millet and rice and process them into local foods. The climate of Sokoto is tropical with moderate rainfall. The major ethnic group of the area is Hausa with a powerful emir known as Sultan of Sokoto.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The environment in Sokoto is so severe that it couldn't fully support crop production but can favour beekeeping. The economy of the people in the area is so low that they can't opt for high expensive agricultural technologies but beekeeping demands local technologies

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Our vision is to conduct a sensitization program to the inhabitants on the importance of modern beekeeping, conduct capacity building on modern beekeeping to the prospective beneficiaries, supply of beekeeping equipment using indigenous materials and technologies and finally follow up the program with monitoring and evaluation.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

If the vision is properly implemented the people of the area will have a better standard of living, decent work, quality education as well as a conducive environment for living. 

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Beekeeping require plantation of trees and flowers which is a very good idea of conserving natural environment and beneficial living things. High supply of honey for consumption will supplement and substitute sugar in our diets that is highly medicinal. The high demand for honey will create huge income to the beekeepers thereby providing them with better economy. Traditional beekeeping is already a culture in the vision location, therefore engaging them into modern beekeeping will improve their culture. Beekeeping is not without its special technologies for its success. Equipment such as hives and suites can be make using cheap available local; materials thereby improving the local technology of the area. Beekeeping will help people in abiding by forestry and environmental policies such as poaching and deforestation. 

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website


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