About Building resilience of vulnerable communities
The project is part of a larger UNDP led initiative that seeks to reduce the economic and social vulnerability of the poor and marginalized populations affected by COVID-19 through green and eco-friendly community livelihood interventions. The project will implement community-based social protection initiatives focusing on populations living around Protected Areas in North Bank Region, Central River Region and Lower River region. The support will focus in particular on generating and diversifying income opportunities related to beekeeping, poultry and crafts.
About the support
Beekeeping has remained one of the most lucrative enterprises and highly favoured in the rural Gambia because of the value attached to its products, low upfront costs, low maintenance, environmental conservation, high ecological benefits and does not compete for space with the cultivation of crops. However, despite its potential, Beekeeping in rural Gambia is underdeveloped with the majority of beekeepers still using the traditional system of beekeeping. They also lack basic skills in bee management, honey harvesting, processing, and handling. The majority of the beekeepers have no access to extension services and marketing of products and have no training on effective preservation, processing, transportation, management, and marketing of bee products.
With this background, ITC through the Building Resilient of Vulnerable for youth and women is seeking to engage an experienced registered Beekeeping Association or training firm to train 30 women and youth on modern beekeeping to provide income opportunities and create employment for women and youth.
The objective of the program
The objective of the call for proposal is to train and enhance the skills of women and youth in modern beekeeping practices to improve productivity and commerciality.
Scope of work
The local consulting firm will be responsible for:
- Conducting practical training in beekeeping to thirty (30) beekeeping farmers in Lower Nuimi upper Nuimi and Tendaba. Specifically, the consulting firm will cover the following modules among others.
- Introduction to beekeeping and its importance
- Bee products, uses, processing and marketing
- Types of beehives (pros and cons), beehive tools
- Making modern beehives making using locally available materials and
- Bee forage and environmental conservation
- Apiary sitting and site selection
- The life cycle of bees, colonization, and baiting
- Management of apiaries, beehives, hive inspection, safety & hygiene
- Honey harvesting (& other bee products) and storage
- Pests & diseases and their control
2. Supply and distribution of beehives that promote sustainably, natural honey production and forest management and provision of relevant bee-keeping equipment for the apiaries and use during the training.
3. Collaborate with the Agric Business unit to organize the beekeeping farmers into independent groups to facilitate their registration as Private Business Corporations or Cooperatives.
4. Conduct two follow up visits to check and to help the groups with colonization.
Download attached terms of reference for more information.
Complete application documents should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: 23rd November 2021