Honeybee programme of ICIMOD has been addressing issues of basic and action research followed by technology development and transfer for poverty alleviation for the last 23 years. After perfecting technologies field tests in specific sites, program was expanded through national extension and development networks in the region. Government of Austria is supporting this program in the HKH region to address the issues of poverty, agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation.
The ongoing project in collaboration with other ICIMOD programs and partners will address the issues of pro poor value chains of bee products and services, quality standards through developing national monitoring plans for residues, national beekeeping census for traceability, national honey sample policy and GMP guidelines. This process oriented approach will help poor beekeepers to come up with a product which is acceptable to consumers and will help in streamlining trade of bee products in the regional and international markets. Project will also support national vocational institutions to improve their curricula in line with emerging standards and guidelines so that qualified workforce will bring vibrancy to the sector. Besides this networking and support to global and country specific efforts on pollination and pollinators will be provided to share knowledge and information. Increase in the pollinator intensity will enhance productivity of mountain agriculture and conserve biodiversity. In addition to this project will help national up-scaling initiatives through the instrument of technical assistance and backstopping support.
The overall objective is “to enhance the resilience of mountain people to manage the effects of global change” , and its main purpose is “to increase the income of mountain men and women by promoting the value chains of bee products and pollination services through the building of human and institutional capacities and regional cooperation”.
The Expected Results of the Project:
July 2008 – June 2012