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  • 06-Nov-2017

APIS AGRIBUSINESS

Abstract

Beekeeping can be used as a development tool, which can contribute to ecological, economic and nutritional development efforts. Our strategy is working with rural unemployed and landless youth near swamps and forests in systematic organic honey production and linking it to forest and swamp conservation to reduce overdependence on these resources for a day's virtue.

Forest and swamp conservation without incentive to the society living around the forest and swamps is impossible. We have a slogan for sustainability of the intervention “No tree, No bee, No honey, No money”.

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Who is your customer?

A large number of rural unemployed youth

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Currently, the remaining forest & swamps in Buhaguzi County are found in Kyangwali, where our project works. They are in a big risk of deforestation since there is big rural youth unemployment and problem of linking forest and swamp conservation to economic benefits.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

The only reserve of swamps and forests in the entire Buhaguzi County which is in Kyangwali is under a huge threat of swamp reclamation for agriculture and deforestation for charcoal. Conserving biodiversity without alternative economic incentives that do not require conversion of ecosystems into agricultural land and charcoal is impossible. Using the iron hand of the law to solve this challenge has failed because of fraud and corruption. We shall connect rural unemployed and landless youth and farmers near swamps and forests to organic (wild) honey production and market without altering their biodiversity and involve actors in tree planting using a slogan for sustainability “No tree, No bee, No honey, No money”.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team is composed of 1. Brainy Swaibu (Secodary school biology/agriculture teacher), 2. Nkwasibwe Justus (Diploma in Agribusiness), 3. Habyarimana Israel (Diploma in Computer Science and Bachelor’s Degree in ICT), 4. Kwatamazima Fudel (Diploma in business accounting), 5. Ameny Daniel (Bachelor of Statistics and MSc. in Environmental Health), and 6. Ho Minh Tien (sudent). Our staff have diverse academic and professional backgrounds in Agriculture, Environment, Technology, and Business. Applying all these skills in aggregation will take care of all the needs of the venture in terms of technicalities, technology, business, and conservation. Although none of our staff has speciality in Bee Keeping, this gap will be filled by hiring and experienced and professional Apiary officer.