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Sustainable beekeeping for conservation, food security and improved livelihoods.

Poverty alleviation through beekeeping as a business.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Kyanaka Smallholder Farmers Association (KSFA), a community based organisation.

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Farmer Co-op or Farmer Business Organization

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


Website of Legally Registered Entity


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

  • Under 1 year

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

Entebbe, Uganda.

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


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

Kakooge S/C has 6 parishes &78 villages, but total area is not published. We need to map those currently beekeeping & their challenges.

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

In Sept 2017 i bought 35 acres of land at Kyanaka Village, Kakooge S/C to start a mixed farm. I used the unemployed youths to clear the land and its during this working that i identified their challenges and what can be done given their little resources than charcoal making. I plan to retire here, so i identified a project requiring limited land and resources that can be implemented to improve their livelihoods, abject poverty and environmental degradation which is affecting the honey bee habitat too. .

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.

Nakasongola District is located in the north‐western part of central region of Uganda and it is made of one county, Buruli county. The district is bordered by Apac and Lira districts to the north, Luwero district in the south, Kayunga district to the east and Masindi to the west. It is composed of five sub‐counties (Lwampanga, Kakooge, Kalungi, Nabiswera, Wabinyonyi and Nakasongola Town Council). Lwampanga sub‐county has the highest of number of households (5 633) in the subcounty. The District had a population of 10,289 according to the 2014 national population census and household survey. The population density of Nakasongola District is one of the lowest in the country at 41 persons per square kilometre. The rural communities directly depend on land for cultivation and grazing. The main causes of land degradation in the district were continuously cited to be soil erosion and lack of soil conservation practices by smallholder farmers, who are the majority. According to the 1991 Agriculture and Livestock census, the total arable land in Nakasongola was estimated to be about 913 km2 but only 235km2 was under cultivation. The farmers also practice intercropping (maize and cassava, cotton, and maize, cereal and legume) but they all exhaust soil nutrients from all depths of the soil profile. Lack of awareness has repeatedly been pointed out as the cause of most environmental problems in the district. Safe water coverage is only 49% in the district and is provided through protected wells, boreholes, shallow wells and rainwater catchments tanks. The major underlying causes of deforestation in include agricultural expansion and charcoal production a source of energy for cooking in Kampala. link for google maps Apparently, many people are settling in Nakasongola to grow pineapples, commercial tree growing, livestock's and utilizing the manual labour of the surrounding community youths.

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.

Apparently, the community has challenges of environmental degradation, food insecurity, abject poverty, poor livelihoods, high unemployment and illiteracy. If we do not start self help projects for the community, we shall face more challenges such as increased conflict for the limited resources, more environmental degradation due to poor farming methods, food insecurity, increased drought, more loss of honey bees as their natural habitat is destroyed, bigger income inequality among community hence less growth and development of the district.

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

Implementing the project for beekeeping as a business for conservation, food security and improved livelihoods shall be used to address the listed challenges as follows:- Information gap shall be addressed by conducting a rapid appraisal baseline study to map the current beekeepers, their challenges and current livelihoods. Same information shall be used for evaluation of the project. Capacity building of the selected members on beekeeping as a business shall improve the knowledge of the community on better farming methods, using local materials to produce modern bee hives and what plants and trees improve the natural habitat of bees. Planting of plants and trees to improve the natural habitat of bees shall improve the environment and food security of the community because the project shall promote food security plants such as lemon grass, sim-sim, Gnuts, mangoes, to mention a few. The skills acquired by the community shall enable them to engage in other income generating activities than charcoal making which degrades the environment. Provision of beekeeping start-up kits at a small fee shall ensure sustainability of the project, ownership and rolling to more members in future. The collection of honey by the community shall lead to an organised cooperative for processing, certification, packing and marketing of honey and its value chain products to meet the demand of the current target market and future export. 80% success of the project shall improve the livelihoods of the community due to side income from honey, hives, venom collection, lemon grass oil production, agribusiness tours and networks.

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 60% of the sub-county smallholder farmers are involved in the project, their livelihoods shall improve, less insecurity among the youth given the employment got from making hives, sale of honey and its products, lemon grass oil and plants and tress which revive the natural habitat of honey bees. Honey bees and the environment shall be conserved which shall also ensure food security of the community. Working in a cooperative model shall lead to cheap inputs, easy access to market, financial products and information.

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

If the model is replicated to all districts, Uganda shall become the food basket of the world for natural food, given our weather with sunshine and two rain fall seasons.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Google search for beekeeping grants

Attachments (1)

Kyanaka CBO Registration certificate.pdf

Certificate of registration of the Association


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