April and May: National workshops on ‘Development of Pro Poor Value Chains for Honey’ in Kishoreganj District of Bangladesh, Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh, India and Alital VDC of Nepal

The Honeybee Project, jointly with its partner organisations – Bangladesh Institute of Apiculture (BIA) in Bangladesh; Society for Technology and Development (STD) in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India; and Alital Multipurpose Cooperative Limited (AMCL) in Alital VDC of Dadeldhura district of Nepal – organised a series of national workshops for the ‘Development of Pro Poor Value Chains of Honey’ in selected sites. The objectives of these workshops were to collect information and map and analyse existing honey value chains to identify leverage points; develop a strategy and action plan for pro poor value chains of honey in selected project sites; and build the capacity of partner organisations to conduct value chain training. The participants included different stakeholders in the honey sector: honey producers (beekeepers) and collectors, middlemen/ traders, support organisations including government and non-government organisations, associations, cooperatives, and private sector organisations. The workshops also aimed at clarifying the roles and responsibilities of the stakeholder involved in the value chain, as well as identifying possibilities to strengthen vertical and horizontal linkages. The workshops were held from 22 to 23 April in Alital of Dadeldhura district, Nepal; 3 to 5 May 2011 in Kishoreganj district of Bangladesh; and 11 to 13 May 2011 at Nagwain in Kullu of Himachal Pradesh, India. The workshop outputs included a detailed action plan and delineation of the responsibilities of partners and other stakeholders in the value chains in each project site.