Trees and Bees for farmers in Kibaha

  • Visting potential planting site at Kitomondo

Conservation of the coastal forests through tree planting and beekeeping in selected villages in Kibaha district, Tanzania

Inspired by the success of the first project in Tanzania, we decided to support a second project, as well managed by Ibrahim Hussein, the former Master student from Bonn University. Once again it was not our idea, neither Ibrahim’s  but the desire of a farmer cooperative, the Uwako Group, to conduct a project that would conserve the coastal forest while improving their livelihood. The Uwako Group had heared about Ibrahim’s engagement with the Longoi Group in the Usambara Mountains. They envisioned a smiliar project in their area and therefore paid Ibra’s office one day in 2015 a visit to inform him and ask for his support.  It took many more meetings and discussions until they sketched a project plan with the goal to secure the supply of fuelwood from forest plantation (thereby conserving the natural forest) and setting up micro apiaries for the farmers. The keeping of bees as pollinators of their crops and the production of honey would have a direct impact on the farmers’ income.

Regular updates on the project progress you can find under News. At the end of each year either us or the project manager will write a report which you can find here:

Coastal Project Report 2017

By the time the report for 2017 was written it was already foreseeable that the Uwako Group was not able to deliver their self set targets. End of March 2018 we had the chance to visit the project and evaluate together with Ibrahim the achievements and failures from the first year. We concluded that for the second project year we will not continue to support the Uwako Group any longer until they have solved their internal quarrels and worked seriously on what they have promised to do. Instead, we will fully concentrate on the Mwambisi secondary school as our local partner because their engagement was serious and very promising.

More details can be read from the report of our project visit (in German we are afraid):

Projektreisebericht 2018

In October 2019, this project continued in a new direction with the support of the Small Projects Fund of the BMZ and again the Hand in Hand Fund. The Mwambisi School continues to be a patner as well as many smallholders from the Uwako Cooperative, but the cooperative itself is no longer included. The most important partner is Mr. Sahil Liana, a retired expert in beekeeping. He will give the beekeeping courses that will be the focus of this second phase.

2020 report

This project is funded with the help of: