29–30 April: Inception Workshop on Strengthening Honey Production Base and Market Linkages in Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh

The Honeybee Project, ‘Improving Livelihoods through Knowledge Partnerships and Value Chains of Bee Products and Services in the Himalayas’, together with its partners, organised a project inception workshop from 29 to 30 April 2011 at Rangamati, Nepal. The purpose of the workshop was to prepare work plans for the project partners – Parbattya Jumia Rehabilitation and Environmental Conservation (PAJURECO); Khagrachari and Eco-development, Bandarban; and Adibasi Sikhya Kaaj (ASHIKA), Rangamati – and to clarify the roles and responsibilities of all partner organisations including ICIMOD, ASHIKA, and Bangladesh Institute of Apiculture (BIA) in implementing project activities. The output of the workshop was a detailed work plan including main activities to be implemented by partner organisations; timing of each activity; number of times each activity is to be implemented; suitable participants; the roles of ASHIKA, BIA and ICIMOD; and deliverables to be produced by the partners. Twelve main activities were identified as priority activities, and, out of these 12 activities, it was agreed that 5 common activities will be implemented together by PAJURECO and Eco-development, and the remaining 7 will be implemented independently by both partner organisations. ICIMOD and BIA will provide the technical support needed for the implementation of the project activities.