Imani promotes value chain growth and diversification as a basis for enhancing food security. In this aim, Amani UK has enabled us to establish two honey processing units close to the 150 plus trained bee farmers, owning over 600 hives.
Bee keeping, which is not a labour intensive agro practice, is quite acceptable to the community farmers, who previously could not imagine it as an income generating activity. Through Enterprise Development training sponsored by Amani UK, bee farming has developed into a small-holder farm businesses generating extra income for families, enhancing food security, improving nutrition and increasing economic opportunities for women, youth, and other vulnerable populations.
Imani Honey has passed standardization tests and has successfully been awarded a barcode, enabling it to compete with other established processors.
We work with Amani UK to address constraints up and down the bee/honey value chain, such as the honey processing, input farmers training, packaging and transportation, in order to develop a competitive and sustainable chain. This activity is slowly expanding the number of hives and we envision that in the near future, it will have an expanded market share both locally and regionally, to the benefit of the farmers.
Manager of Imani