Project Implementation: Honey Value Chain Development and Biodiversity Protection in Ba Be ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP)

Posted at: 11:04:52 12/04/2017 - Read: 625
Từ khóa Key words: honey value chain
Ha Noi, April, 10 2017 at GFA office, Representatives of GIZ and Mr. Nguyen Van Hieu – Director of Geoinformatics Research Center-Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry Viet Nam have signed a local subsidy contract to implement the project: Honey Value Chain Development and Biodiversity Protection in Ba Be ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP).


1. Background to Biodiversity-Based Product project

The project Biodiversity-Based Products (BBP), implemented in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam with a 4-year-duration from March 2015 to February 2019, is one of three modules of the German – ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Cooperation Program “Protection of Biological Diversity in the ASEAN Member States”. This project originally contributes to the overall Program Objective, but also has its specific Project Objectives and respective impact indicators. The specific Project Objective of the BBP known as: “The ASEAN member countries (AMS) are supported by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB/Los Banos/Philippines) in the promotion of Biodiversity-based Products (BBP) for the improvement of livelihoods and biodiversity protection, according to their needs”.

The BBP Project is established to provide strategies for supporting and developing BBP Value Chains as well as policies for AMS / ASEAN through the central Information Platform of ACB-Biodiversity Information Management (BIM). Also, BBP projects contribute to the improvement and development of biodiversity protection, local livelihoods and competence in AMS private sectors. In Vietnam, the project “Honey value chain development and biodiversity protection in Ba Be ASEAN Heritage Park (AHP) will be executed in 3 communes (Khang Ninh, Nam Mau and Nam Cuong) in Ba Be district with the participation of 40 pilot beekeeping households. This project is implemented by Geoinformatics Research Center – Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) from April 2017 to December 2018.

2. BBP Project background in Ba Be AHP

ASEAN’s rich natural resources and biodiversity offer significant potential for the region’s socio-economic development. Now more than ever, it is vital to understand and acknowledge the value of biodiversity. Regional BBP-projects are implemented in the buffer zones of one National Park (Phnom Kulen/ Cambodia) and three ASEAN Heritage Parks (Nam Ha AHP/Laos, Ba Be AHP & Sa Pa AHP/Vietnam). 

In Ba Be AHP, the BBP-project covers the Bo Khai VC (see other proposal by Ba Be AHP) and the honey value chain development to give buffer zone communities an alternative way to improve their livelihoods. Ba Be AHP has seven communes, (Ba Be district, Cho Don district) with a population of more than 23,000 of whom about 3,500 are living in the core area. Due to their farming activities in the core zone, they are impacting the biodiversity directly. They face serious difficulties, like unemployment, lack of education, lack of agricultural land and low productivity. 

The honey value chain development project will help local people in Ba Be AHP to get employment and improve their lives. Moreover, this project can promote beekeeping models in other provinces in northern mountainous regions, contributing to the protection of biodiversity. The beekeeping provides an additional way of pollination for wild-growing valuable medical species and agricultural crops. Bees promote cultivation of long-term forage crops that creates not only a good forage reserve for cattle breeding, but also improves the soil fertility, reduces a qualitative and quantitative level of weeds and supports local fauna subsistence. All of this supports environment stabilization and biodiversity protection.

3. Target groups and beneficiaries

The primary target group and beneficiaries of the project are people living in Ba Be AHP buffer & core zones and Ba Be AHP itself. Those local people depends on forest natural resources, are mostly poor and ethnic minorites with difficult living conditions. Honey VC pilot measures are conducted with those poor households in the project area, so that they can benefit from the extra generated income. These people will be trained in beekeeping, harvesting and marketing. Through all these activities they will get employment with a stable income. Ba Be District People Committee (DPC), otherwise, will profit from people’s knowledge and awareness rising on value chain development and biodiversity protection, job creation as well as increased social stability. In addition, cooperative partners, TUAF also benefits from this project. Teachers and researchers will have opportunities to work jointly with Ba Be communities for the beekeeping techniques and income generation, as well as biodiversity protection. Students will also get the chance to participate during field works in Ba Be AHP.

4. Project objectives

a) Overall objectives

  • Developing the beekeeping system, to create employment and additional income for the poor farmers in the Ba Be AHP area.
  • Contributing to the management and sustainable use of natural resources as well as protecting biodiversity, to maintain and protect the overall natural ecosystem of Ba Be AHP.

b) Specific objectives

  • Establish beekeeper clubs for local farmers in the buffer zone communities of Ba Be AHP for their livelihood improvement and as a mechanism, to sustain the biodiversity of the area, especially the indigenous plant species used by the bees in foraging.
  • Upscale the beekeeping club through a value chain development approach as well as the product quality.
  • Establish marketing linkages and access in domestic and regional scale for honey and other products from honey.
  • Improve the development of community organizations to help the poor people to access social resources and create confidence in the process of integration and development.
  • Help poor people to access social resources with economic benefits.
  • Creating an organic honey network among the ethnic mountain communities using the advantages of local farming conditions and linking multiple positions in the production and consumption chain of the honey products, to improve the living conditions by increasing income and equity for farmer's production.
  • Preserve the cultural values and use the indigenous knowledge of the target communities for the Honey VC development, including community organizations.

5. Typical Project activities

The honey value chain project will consist of 21 main activities and other supported tasks and the following are several remarkable activities will be implemented within project duration.

  • Project starting workshop: will be held in Ba Be National Park to inform and introduce the project to TUAF, local authority and local beekeeping representatives.
  • Training of trainer (ToT) for typical beekeepers in Ba Be AHP: This activity will focus on replicate successful beekeeping and sustainable honey value chain models to other household located in both Ba Be district and external areas. These training classes will be held in the hall of Ba Be commune people’s committees (CPC) and field works. Visiting beekeepers will be notified by Ba Be CPC in advance. The training course includes: i) Course 1: Bee and beekeeping techniques; ii) Course 2: Bee breeding techniques and honey products harvesting techniques; iii) Course 3: Bee diseases prevention and their natural enemies.
  • Develop appropriate organizational structures of beekeeper clubs: The project will concentrate in building beekeeper clubs in BA BE AHP associated with a beekeeper association for local beekeepers to work and achieve strategic goals together. This task is executed by assessing the need of bee rising in Ba Be AHP based on the actual survey of local interesting and demand in beekeeping. 
  • Promote the transfers and application of advanced beekeeping techniques: From the achievement of sample beekeeping models in researched communes, the project will replicate and expand the number of beekeepers and beekeeping scales around Ba Be district. Interested beekeepers will be able to visit successful beekeeping and honey value chain development models in Khang Ninh and Nam Mau communes, thereby; beekeepers can exchange experiences and knowledge about rising bee from successful beekeepers.
  • Build a brand for honey in Ba Be AHP: To sustain and increase the values of honey related-products, the projects will develop a unique brand for Ba Be AHP honey in order to promote the quality of honey products and expand their market demands. This task is carried out by discussing and agreement between representatives of beekeeper clubs and adopts measures to ensure product quality. Besides, the project applies advanced equipment and techniques to control honey quality, instruct local beekeepers how to manage honey quality.
  • Enhance the capacity of beekeepers:  Creating business linkage between beekeepers and traders, distributors on the "win-win" approach will help beekeepers access the markets to meet potential customers. To do this, the project will train beekeepers in improving negotiation skills and business strategic planning for leadership of three beekeeper clubs for sustainable honey value chain development.
  • Organize project assessment workshop: to summary the achievements, limitations and figure out difficulties encountered during the project execution. At the end of project, the project management board will be gathered to investigate obtained achievements and advantages that project bring to local people and evaluate obstacles, problems beekeepers facing during project implementation. Since that, local authorities and beekeepers will finalize solutions to sustain and enhance the development of honey value chains and biodiversity protection.

6. Expected outcomes

  • In the year 2017 and 2018, through this project, the number of trained beekeepers in 3 communes will be trained on honey beekeeping techniques and sustainable honey value chain development following:
  • 12 people will be trained in TOT course and will become trainer of bee clubs.
  • 40 new beekeeper households will be provided beehives and trained in 2 technical courses.
  • 10 representatives of the three clubs will be trained on bee product business planning.
  • Expanded training for 45 households in communes in Ba Be district, who are in need of beekeeping in the future.
  • At the end of 2018, 40 new beekeepers (with two beehives) will earn about 4 million VNĐ per year from honey bee, approximate 10% of households’ income/year. Beside, this income will be double after each year. Because, each initial beehive can split in at least two beehives after one year, so 40 new beekeepers will be provided 2 beehives in 2017, they will have from 4 to 6 beehives in 2018. In 2019, they will have about 8 to 12 beehives and so on. The increasing about the numbers of beehives is also increasing the households’ income more 10% each year.
  • Three beekeeper clubs for local people in the core and buffer zones are established to operate in 2017. The operational regulations, business plan and organization structure of the clubs are developed & completed. The successful beekeeping models from other communes of Ba Be district and other regions in Bac Kan province are replicated, to increase the income for farmers in the pilot area.
  • A beekeeping association will be established with the three beekeeper club members.
  • The data of bee breeding, growth rate of bees are identified and the project will have an appropriate plan for beekeeping in Bac Kan province in the future.
  • Ba Be district honey bee products brand will be built, which will be known by consumers not only in Bac Kan province but also in other provinces. Business linkages between the beekeeping association and private processors and traders & distributors of honey products will be created for a profitable marketing.
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