Beekeeping in Chimanimani

The Province of Manica is rich in fertile soil and natural resources, including minerals. The process of maximization of utilization of the land in the province includes a negotiation of the land occupation system, in order to accommodate investments that, thanks to their nature, require adjacent areas. Such investments include large farming areas, fruit tree plantations, forest species, as well as mining exploit concessions. Even though these investments are mostly private, there are also community based investments. This process includes a voluntary resettlement of many families that consider the ACC (buffer zone, including the old Forest Reserves of Moribane, Zomba and Maronga) as a viable option for development of their activities, both commercial and of subsistence. The populations living in the Chimanimani Conservation Area present high poverty levels and a large dependency in the natural resources to satisfy their basic needs. The practice of apiculture is an activity traditionally made in the region, albeit in artisanal patterns, using traditional honeycombs, contributing for the forest degradation, because the trees are slowly killed thanks to the bark removal or taking them down to use portions of their trunks.

The project has a duration of two years and the following objectives:

  1. Increase the household income for the people living within and in the buffer zone of the Chimanimani Conservation Area, through investments in sustainable community projects.
  2. Allow the entrance and/or consolidate the participation of 500 families in the honey chain of value and increase, year after year, the production scale and income level from the honey selling.