Building capacity of input supply
There is very weak operational framework that supply apiculture inputs and there are also quality issues in relation to modern beehives. These factors contributed to the limited expansion of modern beekeeping in the country. In order to create operational framework for the supply of modern beehive, HOLETA planned and selected 10 private workshop operators located in different regional clusters to train in making SAMS beehives for an effective outreach services. These 10 workshops were selected from 26 identified candidate beehive makers from different clusters in the country using predetermined criteria. On top of this, to extend SAMS business models, 10 lead beekeepers were selected to receive training in modern beehive system management and business entrepreneurial strategies. These trained lead beekeepers will be used to coach and support at least 100 beekeepers for SAMS business development.
Gender, youth and women mainstreaming
One of SAMS targets was that at least 40% of the project beneficiaries should be women. In the project implementation, HOLETA committed to encourage and engage participation of lead women and landless rural youth in SAMS business development, creating opportunities and challenging attitudes and practices that perpetuate gender inequalities in the beekeeping value chain.
Quality assurance manuals
International buyers are coming to realise the huge potential of apiculture in Ethiopia, and are willing to invest more of their time and money on business partnerships. Measures required to support these opportunities include a strong legal framework to address adulteration, raising awareness of honey quality issues at the country level. HOLETA will develop one quality management manual on quality production and harvest, processing and marketing and food safety in local language.
Used SAMS capacity building material will be available asap