Golden Bees ltd is a new age Social Business that processes, packs and distributes honey and other bee products all premised on smallholder beekeepers. The enterprise started operations in 4 districts Nakasongola, Kisoro, Arua, Kiboga (West Nile, West and Central) and has now expanded to 12 districts in Karamoja (Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Napak & Abim), Mid-western (Kyankwanzi, Kiboga & Masindi); Western Uganda (Kisoro, Rubanda, Kanungu-Bwindi) enclave; Acholi (Lamwo, Kitgum, Agago) and West Nile (Arua, Maracha, Terego).
Business model (Value chain Inclusive)
Currently GBL works with over 3000 smallholder beekeepers and plan to expand to over 5,000 by end of 2023. In partnership with Feed the Future Inclusive Agricultural Market Activity (FtF IAM), GBL would like to expand its network of smallholder beekeepers to other potential areas, specifically in Karamoja areas of Amudat, Nakapiripirit and kisoro considering the niche in quality and type of honey influenced on Acacia, Shea nut vegetation cover and Bwindi National Park respectively. Through this activity, 4500 smallholder beekeepers including women and youth will be supported to achieve group certification and increase production to 100MT of honey to access export markets through GBL. It will also upgrade its ICT platform to ensure proper farmer data gathering, communication and product traceability.
The main goal of the activity is to create a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient Beekeeping value chain based on shared values and responsible marketing and consumption.
The specific objectives are:
- To expand the GBL network of beekeepers by registering and training 1,500 smallholder beekeepers especially women and youth in Karamoja and Kisoro in commercial bee keeping so to produce 36 tons of Quality Honey in year one
- To strengthen the GBL ICT platform to enable improved extension service provision to the last mile, product flows, product certification, and traceability to meet export market requirements.
- To improve access to good quality and affordable beekeeping inputs by smallholder beekeepers by training and supporting 31 local artisans and tailors to make and trade in hives, smokers and beekeeping suits (including designing a suit for women who are culturally inhibited from wearing trousers)