Beekeeping in East Africa is a traditional art and an opportunity to harvest and add value to local resources in order to generate wealth, employment, conserve our environment and reduce poverty.
East Africa has high potential in beekeeping with diverse floral sources. Baraka Agriculture College has been promoting sustainable beekeeping since 1974 through outreach programmes in Kenya and residential trainings to students and farmers. The College runs Beekeeping Development Centre focusing on beekeeping in East Africa—for research, manufacture and supply of beekeeping equipment, processing and marketing bee products and value added products from beekeeping; and capacity and capability building in sustainable beekeeping development.
The college has competent and committed beekeeping staff with a wide experience working with beekeepers in rural communities in East Africa.
It is a centre with a unique history — promoting ‘African Beekeeping’, learning with and building the skills and knowledge of beekeepers through participatory action research. The learning is field based-partly staying with the communities and working with them in the field.
To effectively implement the beekeeping programs, the college aims at empowering rural communities in East Africa through:
- Certificate course on Apiculture management Level 5.
- Comprehensive short courses programmes in specialized beekeeping courses :Beekeeping for beginners, beekeeping management skills, bee multiplication, manufacture of beekeeping equipment and value added products from beekeeping and marketing courses are provided.
- Tailor made beekeeping courses are also designed and appropriately delivered basing on participants needs.
- Beekeeping development centres-for purchasing primary bee products from producers, adding value and marketing.
- Sustainable Agriculture for rural development livelihood outreach programmes incorporating beekeeping.
- Day release courses for farmers, colleges, schools and development agencies.