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Result 4: Capacity of beekeepers/farmers’ federations, RECs and NARS on bee health management systems and policy options strengthened

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The capacity of beekeepers association in facilitating access to trade and in the implementation of policy and strategies has been recognized as a challenge for improved bee health and sustainable honeybee development. This result area among others, consists of enhancing the capacity of beekeepers associations, to actively participate in policy and strategy formulation and implementation, and facilitate access to national and regional markets. The following activities are planned under this result:

Activity 4.1 Establish or strengthen producer organizations for input supply management and cooperative marketing

These activities aim at supporting national beekeepers associations and establishing or strengthening regional beekeepers associations to increase/promote local market linkages, export market development and promotion, regional and international institutional linkages. In the scope of this activity national beekeepers associations will be strengthened and supported to be effectively operational. This activity also aims at improving the capacity of beekeepers associations to master the honey production chain in order to meet the requirements of the value chain actors.

Activity 4.2. Enhance the capacity of beekeepers associations to acquire information and utilize improved bee health technologies/innovations

Under this activity the capacity of beekeepers associations will be strengthened to collate, analyze information and data for production, lobby and evidence-based advocacy. This will be achieved through training workshops, exchange visits, study tours, establishment of information sharing platforms.

Activity 4.3. Develop a database on pollination services and bee health research and development outputs

This activity aims at creating a one stop shop were all information and data from research on bee health and pollination services in and for Africa are collated and synthesized in public information briefs and made easily accessible to producers, professionals and bee health scientists.

Activity 4.4. Strengthen the capacities of NARS and RECs to analyze the value chain of pollination services and priority beehive products

Among the challenges faced by bee production in Africa are the lack of adequate skills by farmers to manage bees and handle hive products, inadequate training for both farmers and extension staff, lack of adequate and intense research on of the existing beekeeping technologies, equipment, honey bee and product utilization and low prioritization of beekeeping in relation to other enterprises in the wider agricultural sector. This activity consists of developing training modules for farmers, extensions workers, scientists and other practitioners on all aspects of bee production along the pollination services value chain, and conducting training sessions at various levels based on training needs assessment in the value chain.

Activity 4.5. Develop and promote bee health knowledge management systems through bee health value chain analysis

Products from regional value chain analysis of bee products and bee health will be packaged in form of policy briefs, and other knowledge products and disseminated. A D-Group-group will also be created for electronic discussions and information sharing on bee health, beekeeping and pollination services.

To ensure that conservation research and practice are available to end users, best-practice in pollination services, bee health and honey production will be documented and disseminated for both public awareness and the capacity-building, among others.

Dissemination workshops and regional technical workshops will also be organized to share lessons learnt and best practices.