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Better Livelihoods with Indigenous Honeybees

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Published on Mar 28, 2013

Farmers in mountain areas have kept bees in traditional fixed-comb log and wall hives; however, newer beekeeping and harvesting practices can improve both yield and quality of honey. ICIMOD -- with financial support from the Austrian Development Agency - promoted community-based beekeeping enterprise with Apis cerana by introducing improved practices such as movable-frame hives, selection and multiplication of productive colonies, organizing bee keepers and building their capacity, and providing market linkages, upgrading value, and product promotion.

Shot in the Alital area of western Nepal's Dadeldhura district where the beekeeping project of ICIMOD has been working for the past one decade, this video shows the impact of improved beekeeping practices with indigenous honeybee, Apis cerana in increasing income of mountain households.

It is hoped that this video will help to replicate ICIMOD's approach of community-based enterprise development with indigenous honeybees in other parts of Nepal and the greater Himalayan region. It is also hoped that this video is able to spread the message of the potential of indigenous honeybee, Apis cerana in improving the mountain livelihoods; and thus help in initiating efforts for its conservation.

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