Beekeeping requires less inputs for production compared to other agricultural activities and livelihoods. It requires less land, water and labor to generate high levels of income.
With low initial support, beekeepers can get an immediate high income. That’s why beekeeping has the potential to transform thousands of lives here in Herat province.
“By the grace of God, we have a reliable income now and can buy what we need, including medicines or treatment,” says Karima.
Beekeeping in rural areas, where the communities have limited resources such as land and water, can help boost incomes for families like Karima’s. In addition, beekeeping helps boost food security, and assists crop production through pollination. Almonds, apples, blueberries, cantaloupes, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, sunflowers, watermelon and many other crops all rely on honey bees for pollination. Diversified livelihoods such as bee increasingly improve the income of rural communities consequently people can adapt and manage climate change risks.
So, thanks to her new beekeeping skills, Karima and Khalil truly have a reason to ‘bee’ cheerful!
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