The overall strategy of the project is focused on developing linkages between participatory bee health management (PBHM) and beekeeping technology, pollination services, market access and bee health policy and legislation at both national and regional levels.
By linking them to productive beekeeping eco-systems (forest and cropland) in the participating countries, icipe and AU-IBAR will motivate communities to maintain bee health and conserve pollinators' biodiversity, protect the environment, as well as improve food security and economic well-being in the regions. The strategy is outlined below.
An implementation modality has been adopted by icipe and AU-IBAR through which support is given to policy options and to value chain development for bee health, improved pollination and marketplace development for rural communities. The central goals of this approach are food security and livelihood improvement, which result in ecosystem conservation and enhancement of pollinators' biodiversity. This is being achieved through technology input for non-chemical pesticides development, pollination of crops and improved production infrastructure for the beehive products, as well as provide human capital development through training and capacity building.
This project is designed to strengthen the management of national beekeeping stations and the beekeepers through presenting technologies for controlling pollinators' diseases and pests, and developing tangible incentives through spillover benefits such as beehive products, to assure community collaboration in bee health management. The project's fundamental approach is based on close integration of investments into productive bee health infrastructure, bee biodiversity conservation and human and institutional capital, in a way that reduces pressure on the crops and forest pollination services. The design and implementation of this project is pragmatic and fast in its impact to capture and maintain the interest of the beekeeping communities, farmers and forest conservators and to secure the future of the rapidly dwindling bee biodiversity in Africa.