August 14, 2022

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Individual one: Honey enterprise proprietor making a splash in northern Uganda |

“I used to work in an workplace, and folks would come to my place to promote ‘West Nile honey’, named after the area I got here from. I used to be delighted to see my space getting used as a model and found that West Nile is likely one of the prime ranked areas in Uganda for honey manufacturing.

So I made a decision to return residence and begin an organization to serve my group.



UN Information / Hisae Kawamori

Sam Aderobu, present in Honey Pleasure

A product in demand

The product is in demand each domestically and internationally, having the impact of constructing drugs and meals for erectile dysfunction. We realized that there was sturdy potential to supply it on a big scale.

Nevertheless, many individuals on this space solely accumulate honey within the conventional means, as a passion. We determined to information farmers and provides them the required expertise as a result of up to now, they labored with none formal assist; nobody is keen to speculate to help them in bettering the standard of their honey.

At this time, we’re working with over 1,700 farmers who harvest honey from subsidiaries on their land. We offer a dependable marketplace for them, encouraging them to supply extra.


Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru, Arua, northern Uganda

UN Information / Hisae Kawamori

Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru, Arua, northern Uganda

Economic system, setting and society

We imagine that if beekeeping is delivered to a stage the place farmers perceive it as a enterprise, it would enhance their livelihoods; Once we began our enterprise in 2015, a kilo of honey offered for round 3,500 Ugandan Shillings. At this time, it’s about 7,000 shillings. This has prompted many farmers to dive into beekeeping.

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Now they’ll purchase their requirements and never have to fret about going hungry. They’ll purchase goats and different animals, and pay college charges for his or her kids. Some have even been in a position to purchase properties. Beekeeping is altering their lives.

Our imaginative and prescient is to guide the market within the sale of sustainable honeycomb merchandise within the Nice Lakes area and globally. Our merchandise have now reached worldwide requirements and are accepted by overseas markets.”

We try to construct a devoted administration group and lots of of them are younger individuals. We’re getting assist from a program by the Meals and Agriculture Group (FAO), which addresses younger individuals’s attitudes in the direction of agriculture, and the way they are often motivated to make use of agriculture as a supply of employment.

The younger individuals we’re coping with are starting to comprehend that they’ve an enormous position to play in nationwide improvement. So whereas we wish to make a revenue, we even have a social side to what we do.


Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru and family at her home in Arua, northern Uganda

UN Information / Hisae Kawamori

Beekeeper Betty Ayikoru and household at her residence in Arua, northern Uganda

Overcoming monetary challenges

Finance is considered one of our largest challenges. Resulting from lack of finance, many of the honey making course of is finished manually. Nevertheless, the United Nations Capital Growth Fund (UNCDF), which has allowed us to get funding from the Uganda Growth Financial institution and partially enhance our manufacturing course of.

We’re at present utilizing an electrical honey press and have been in a position to buy a filter to enhance the standard of our product. We will course of about 5 tons of honey in a month, which is a large leap in capability, and I’m certain we can enhance that to about 15 tons.

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We’re very grateful for the assist we obtain from UNCDF, because it additionally helps us to enhance our enterprise administration, enhance manufacturing and improve the standard of our merchandise. “