CC DARE Supports Bee Keeping in Ethiopia

14 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that the Climate Change Adaptation Initiative (CC DARE), jointly implemented with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from the Danish Government, has trained 600 unemployed youth in bee-keeping in Ethiopia in an effort to address climate change impacts and food insecurity.

CC DARE seeks to facilitate opportunities for community climate change adaptation projects in Sub-Saharan African countries and small island developing States (SIDS). According to UNEP, while bee-keeping has historically been one of the most important regional income-generating activities, land degradation and climate change is threatening the business. The CC DARE initiative included the planting of 1,000 multi-purpose trees and shrubs species critical for bee forage.

The project also involved training of farmers and unemployed youth in the bee-keeping business, and producing honey, hives and wax. In response to the project's success, the Ethiopian Environment Protection Authority has committed to scale up the project, replicating the activities across the country. [UNEP Press Release] [Climate Change Adaptation and Development Initiative Website]