Decreasing food security is accelerated by a long negative trend in the productivity of the Gambian farming community which adds to the insecurity of the poor both in rural and urban areas. A key objective of the Department of Forestry is to create a break in the negative circular causation between poverty and environmental destruction. The Department aims to empower local communities to own and manage forest resources within their customary lands as a strategy to maintain and sustainably use these resources. However, due to lack of knowledge of rural communities and bad practices, some valuable bee products are often spoiled or simply disposed of without benefiting from them.
Requested CTCN Response
- Capacity building on modern beekeeping techniques (production processing and value addition) and provision of beekeeping materials
- The trained farmers would also be tasked to train the rest of their community members with the support of the forestry field workers
Relevant Technologies and Approaches
- Increased knowledge among farmers on modern beekeeping practices and techniques for higher production of honey and its associated products
- Improvements in sustainable managment of forests through reductions in tree felling and forest fires
- Improvement to incomes, food and nutrition security of local people
- Higher income for farmers
- Creation of self-employment
For further information, please see the full technical assistance request in the Documents section.