We beekeeping it real in Ghana
For most people across the Wulensi region in Ghana, subsistence farming is the main source of family income.
With regular droughts and irregular farm yields, families are faced with tough decisions: to stop school, stop medicine, or even stop eating. The living reality of food insecurity aggravates tensions between the Nanumba and Dagomba tribes.
When everybody relies on the land, conflicts over its ownership are regular occurrences that are frequently expressed via the ethnic differences in the community. For young adults who don’t have land of their own this frustration is even greater, and many young men and women are forced to migrate to urban areas in search of work, often in unskilled and unsafe jobs.
The communities we work with want to see change. They know that with a few extra jobs and a few extra skills, they can improve their local market and help future generations to thrive. They’ve asked our team for help. Together, we have established teams of beekeepers drawn from both sides of the conflict divide, who work together to establish small businesses.
Our team provides the materials and help participants to find a suitable location for the hive, connecting them with neighbours if this is on their land. We then provide training and help from experts to build the expertise of groups, and improve the harvest.
The group then helps each other with harvesting the honey, building relationships between both sides. They sell the honey at an affordable price to their community, raising the availability of this important ingredient, and giving families an extra income.
The skills are kept within communities, and slowly income is diversifying, with more jobs, more friendship, and more honey. Simple!