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The Pollination Project

Using natural beekeeping as a harmonious linkage between humanity and biodiversity protection in urban and rural ecosystem services.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Honai Beez Apiary

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Other

Website of Legally Registered Entity

https://honaibeezapiary.wixsite.com/hbapiary/about-us

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

  • 1-3 years

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

1. Kingston 2. Moneague, St. Ann

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Jamaica

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

Kingston, Jamaica is 480 km^2 Moneague size is unknown but it is significantly smaller than the City of Kingston

What country is your selected Place located in?

Jamaica

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I selected Clapham, Moneague, St. Ann because my maternal grandmother's side of family has lived in that valley for approaximately the last 150 years and in the last decade some of the forestry has been removed to accomodate bauxite mining. 

I selected Seaview Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica is where my family including my maternal grandmother moved to 40 years ago and currently resides in order to try and escape a life of poverty which meant that she and her husband had give up their life of farming to find new skills to survive. The challeng with Seaview Gardens is it is inudated by air pollution from the Riverton Landfill 2 miles from the community and the urban green spaces are being used as dump sites for rubble. The young people in both communities are struggling with unemployment.  

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 aim is to develop apiaries in the urban community of Seaview Gardens which is located bewteen a Mangrove forest on the coast of Jamaica in the Hunt's Bay region of the Kingston Harbour and the industrial belt on Spanish Town Road. This community was built to aid low income families with low cost housing close to the center of the city and within the indistrial area near possible employers. Persons here tend to work in factories, offices, as painters, tilers, plummbers, hairdresser, Taxi Drivers, universities etc. The general diet of these persons include industrial manufactured foods like sugar made from sugar cane, biscuits, breads along with Chicken, fish etc. The second site includes Clapham in St. Ann located in the hinterland of Jamaica. Clapham is in a more elevated location that Seaview Gardens and is nestled with the vallies of surrounding hills. This community diet is based on what people can grom like yam, bannanas, breadfruit, goats, cows amongst other things but they also have a similar diet to the residents of Seaview Gardens. Most people here tend to work on their own farms or in the tourism sector or as tilers, plumbers, construction workers or taxi drivers.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

500

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

1500000

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

Jamaica has only 40% of the island covered forests with a rate of 0.41% rate of deforestation. In addition most of the urban spaces are filled with garbage, source of dust and a few have incidents of squatting and criminal activity. This also holds true for rural communities. There is also a low production of honey and bee bi-product in Jamaica that inter-plays with this at an environmental level compounded by climate change affecting a small island developing state such as Jamaica which is sad because Jamaica’s high quality honey and other bee bi-products are world renowned. On the social side Jamaica has a high incidence of high unemployment rate which is even higher amongst the younger population ages 18-35. The average unemployment rate is between 26-33% over the last 10 years. Jamaica agricultural system is still lagging behind the rest of the world interms of the use agricultural technology which makes the process inefficient. The effects of climate change, flooding and drought also exacerbates the losses in the sector. Low income families like mine and those of my team-mates struggle with the cost of food day to day.

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

Honai Beez Apiary's vision is addressing the challenges mentioned above by:

1. Tackling the youth umeployment rate byt training young people in beekeeping and reconnecting them to agriculture and showing them how to properly do this in either an urban or rural context. Hence making the younger generation more food secure by giving them a skill that is adaptable and diverse.

2. Honai Beez Apiary is demonstrating that urban forestry and urban agriculture can not only increase the food security of the capital Kingston and for rural areas but is also demonstrating that it is a viable way to combat climate change and increase the resilience of both the urban and rual poor. The planting of trees in both and urban and rural spaces will assist in improving the air quality of the surronding communities being impacted by garbage burning and mining activities. The setting up of these green spaces will also reduce the existence of illegal dumping sites and transforming the asthetics of the communities where these have been set up. 

3. Honai Beez Apiary is making sure that honey bees are conserved by developing a sustainable food system whereby both humans and nature can co-exist whether it is in the city or in a rural community.

4. Honai Beez Apiary is using sustainable procured material like Bamboo rather than using timber in combination with CNC Router Technology to produce beehives and reduce the wastage of the beehive material that is usually cause by traditional  beehive construction techniques.

5. Providing a healthier form of sweetners to both urban and rural residents in Jamaica as a subsitute for cane sugar. this will aid in the reduction of diabeties which is one of the top life style diseases affecting Jamaicans.The community food gardens will also benefit the surrounding residents and diversify the diet of especially urban residents for the better where Honai Beez Apiary will make more readily accessible raw ground provisions to urban residents as a healthier more nutrious option.

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.

The vision of Honai Beez Apiary is to show that whilst honeybees are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, they are also apart of the solution to combat Climae Change. This because they can ensure the genetic materials of plants that are more resistant to drought, heat and other climate effects. It is also known that Honeybees raises the fruit and seeds productivity of plants by atleast 80%. The vision for using both anurban and rural site is that in urban sites the types of pest and disease that affect honeybees are somewhat dimminished and the honeybees tend to be healthier. In a rural site they aid in ncreasing the productivity of farms and Jamaica's farm productivity, food system efficiency have been under decline. If we combine beekeeping with planting urban forestry and green spaces places like my home community of Seaview Gardens and Green spaces in Clapham where my family has been living for the last 150 years can experience cleaner air quality that is either caused by urban degradation in the case of Seaview Gardens and Mining in case of Clapham.

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

Honai Beez Apiary Social Enterprise which seeks to transform open space and vacant lots into bee farms for the conservation of honeybees, to help spread bee awareness, and to educate our communities and local schools about bees and their contribution to our environment.

“Sweetening Life Naturally”

Vision: Bringing natures healing sweetness to those who need it.

Mission: Honai Beez Apiary core social and environmental mission is to increase biodiversity in urban and rural areas, reduce the dust nuisance in urban areas and provide beekeeping training to unskilled/low skilled youth.

Challenge:

Jamaica has only 40% of the island covered forests with a rate of 0.41% rate of deforestation. In addition most of the urban spaces are filled with garbage, source of dust and a few have incidents of squatting and criminal activity. This also holds true for rural communities. There is also a low production of honey and bee bi-product in Jamaica that inter-plays with this at an environmental level compounded by climate change affecting a small island developing state such as Jamaica which is sad because Jamaica’s high quality honey and other bee bi-products are world renowned. On the social side Jamaica has a high incidence of high unemployment rate which is even higher amongst the younger population ages 18-35. The average unemployment rate is between 26-33% over the last 10 years. Jamaica agricultural system is still lagging behind the rest of the world interms of the use agricultural technology which makes the process inefficient. The effects of climate change, flooding and drought also exacerbates the losses in the sector. Low income families like mine and those of my team-mates struggle with the cost of food day to day.

Solution:

The solution setting apiaries in local communities both rural and urban like Seaview Gardens in St. Andrew (urban) and Clapham, St. Ann (rural) using a wheel and spoke method where there is two central apiary is owned directly by Honai Beez Apiary in Seaview Gardens and Clapham to supply honey and bee bi-products with satellite apiaries manage by community based organizations such as youth groups that are trained and given a subsidized start to generate income for young people and setting up a mechanism where by both Honai Beez Apiary and the beekeepers in the network can donate part of its income into a  fund to support the growing of seedlings to reforest both urban and rural open spaces through the establishment of communal green spaces and reforesting hills sides to prevent squatting, criminal activities combat dust in urban spaces secure slopes and farm lands in rural areas with the overall target of climate change through carbon sequestration. In addition to this effort, the solution includes making the production of bee hive boxes more efficient and reduce wood waste that occur in construction of the equipment by using computer numeric controlled routers. This will directly reduce the amount of trees needing to be cut and the amount of other resources needed for the construction of the beekeeping equipment. Using this technology allow us to package the equipment constructed as a self-assembled flat packed package that would allow for the beekeepers with small vehicles to transport all the equipment in one round trip rather than in its bulky format and reduce the cost of the equipment for smaller lower income beekeepers and the cut the cost transport and safely strapping.

Products and Services:

Honey

Bee Wax

Beekeeping Training

Beekeeping Consultation

Bamboo Hives (under development)

CORE TARGETED ISSUES

ISSUE 01: Environmental Degradation

Urban Dust Nuisance

Urban and Rural Deforestation

Urban Sprawl with no Green Spaces

Pollution of Green Spaces that exist

Reduction in Urban Forestry and Coastal Ecosystems


ISSUE 02: Youth Delinquency

High Youth Unemployment

High Youth Crime and Violence rates

High Youth Poverty Rate

High Youth Underemployment

Low skills or No Skills


ISSUE 01: Resource Watse

Resource Wastage

High Waste Volumes

Energy Wastage

Low Labour productivity

Low Economic Growth

SOLUTIONS

SOLUTION 01: Environmental Conservation

Planting Urban Food Gardens

Planting Agro-Forestry

Planting Urban Green Recreational Spaces

Urban and Rural Apiaries


SOLUTION 02: Youth Empowerment Programme

Mentorship and Apprenticeship Programme:

Beekeeping Training: Apiary Management, Honey Production (Pre and Post Harvest Processing)

Value-Added Apiculture Products


SOLUTION 03: Resource Efficient Production

Technology:

CNC-Routers for the Production of Bee Hives in short turn around time

Photovoltaic and Battery System Installation to power Bee Hive Production


Environment:

Composting waste from Hive creation process

Bamboo Bee Hive (Self Assenbled Flat-pack package):

Colorado Top Bar Hive

Warre Hive

Longstroth Hive

Honai Beez Apiary has two type of customers health enthusiasts who need a healthier form of sugar in the form of honey and beekeepers who need good quality bees and equipment.

The main needs of the markets both locally and internationally is increased supply bee products such as honey, pollen that have provides health benefits.

Quicker swift turner around between order and delivery of product whether it be bee products such as honey, flavoured honey, mead, wax, for non-beekeeping customers and for beekeepers nuc colonies, queen bees, wax  or equipment.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • UNLEASH Fellows Network

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hi Adrian: Good afternoon from India. Nice submission. will love to learn if your farmers are facing water shortage in summer and winter? Are they having their rainy period crops disturbed due to water logging or flood in monsoon period? If yes then we will love to help you. For last 30 years we are working in this subject. we are helping our smallholders with our World Bank, UNFCCC, Securing Water for Food (USAID) and Millennium Alliance (DFID) awarded innovation BHUNGROO which saves farmers from drought and flood, doubles farmers income and improves soil fertility. Will love to give you our innovation BHUNGROO. It will be our poor farmers' gift for your farmers. We can guarantee the result within 1 year. we are currently helping more than 100000 farming families across India, SEAsia, EAsia & Africa. We have also designed Youth Climate Leaders and Women Climate Leaders programs. I am sure both will add strength to your endeavor.
We also applauded your entry. Will appreciate your feedback on our entry ""Antodaya" through Food".

www.naireetaservices.com , ph: +919825506900, wa: +919825506900, T: @BHUNGROO fb: BHUNGROO , e: biplab@naireetaservices.com

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Dear Trupti Jain 
Jamaica in general is going through water shortage as we are in the first few month of a drought. We dont have winter. For us it is just Spring, Summer, Somthing that a season that looks similar Autmn but mostly have wet and dry seasons with the latter extending over an extended period of time. For us it is the Hurrican Season or Drought that affects us the most. I would love to hear more about the potential of partnerships across Geographies. I am personally working with Beekeepers locally and mostly dealing with combatting drought. Most of Jamaica is limestone so our soils drain easily. We have good Youth Climate and Women Climate Leaders training programme. The partnership for information exchange programmes can always be done. I am also seeking partnerships along lines of ecosystem based adaptation strategies in terms of pollination and drought mitigation type strategies.
Adrian

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hi Adrian: i can see that we are in different corners of this beautiful world and our works are high complimentary. As you had explained the drought issues and also your soil issues then we can surely create a solution for your farmers and also your bees in respect of water. regarding bee keeping and pollination we should learn from you and there is great opportunities. Regarding women climate leaders and youth climate leaders we can surely create synergy.
pl guide me next step.
regards

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We can always have an online discussion on these email is honaibeezapiary@gmail.com

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I am pasting Paul's detail
www.naireetaservices.com ,
ph: +919825506900,
wa: +919825506900,
T: @BHUNGROO fb: BHUNGROO , e: biplab@naireetaservices.com
pl guide us your good time I will ask him to call you and explain in detail

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I am good most days during the days upt 6pm Jamaica Time which GMT -5... India seems to be 11horus ahead

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Can I request Paul to contact you and fix the window for next step?

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Already gave permission to do such

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HI Adrian
Great
but I fear he might not be able to contact you. If you do not mind can i request you to catch him as well. his no Ph +919825506900 wa: +919825506900

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That is fine nevermind