Recruitment and Organising of Beneficiaries into Groups
Being a pilot project the beneficiaries were selected only from a few villages (four) that border the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary. The four (4) beneficiary villages in this pilot phase include the following:
1) Amassi Village (South West Region-Cameroon)
2) Bantakpa Village (South West Region-Cameroon)
3) Ekaw Village (North West Region-Cameroon)
4) Ngwo Village (North West Region-Cameroon)
The recruitment of community trainers and beneficiaries were done paying special attention to women, indigenous groups, honey hunters, handicap persons and traditional beekeepers. These recruitments were done under very close collaboration with the various village Chiefs (or Fon’s) following a couple of open meetings with their respective subjects (people).
Each of the four villages independently chose one person that participated in the training of trainers program (TOT) on Modern Beekeeping. These community leaders actively participated in a two weeks intensive TOT (August 20th to 31st of August 2012).
No. VILLAGE LEADER (S)
1 Amassi Village AZAH ANJI SYLVESTER
2 Bantakpa Village NTAH ELVIS ANYAH
3 Ekaw Village TINDO WILLIAM TINYA
4 Ngwo Village (I) AMOH MOSES ABIE
Ngwo Village (II) NKONYAM JOHN ABIA
TRAINING OF TRAINERS (TOT):
For the convenience of project team and the beneficiary’s communities, the TOT was carried out in a central location in Ngwo Village (Nkun Square) – Njikwa Sub Division, North West Region (Cameroon). These trainings which were intensive and fully participatory in nature involved both theory and practical’s ran for ten days (Mondays – Fridays) from 8 AM – 2:30PM local time (Cameroon).
TOPICS COVERED DURING THE TRAINING OF TRAINERS
TRAINING PERIOD IN DAY
|MILESTONE||RESPONSIBILITY||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||Day 6||Day 7||Day 8||Day 9||Day 10|
|Beekeeping Activity and Ten
Good Reasons or Benefits of
|Bee Biology: Queen, Drone
and Worker Bee
|– Bees and Forests,
Conservation a and the
– Handling Bees Safety
|Choosing and Making Hives:
KTB and Traditional Hives
|Practicals: Making a Kenyan
Top Bar Hive (KTB)
|Honey Bee Hive Management||x|
|Harvesting and Processing of
|Making of Honey Byproducts:
and Management Skills
|Practicals: Identifying Bee Loving Plants and Hive Management (Manipulation and Handling of Bees at the hive)||Christian Tabifor(BAPESU)||x|
TRAINING OF OTHER BENEFICIARIES BY COMMUNITY TRAINERS (September – October 2012)
After successfully undergoing Training of Trainers (TOT), the five (5) community trainers unanimously agreed with their respective villages or beneficiaries to carry on with respective trainings back in their villages immediately to effectively pass over the newly acquired skills and knowledge on beekeeping and conservation issues. The training dates and time for the other 50 persons in the four villages in this pilot phase were schedule at the convenience of the participants taking into consideration traditional village calendars (village Sundays or Country Sunday as commonly called, weekends, non-farming and local market days). Below is a table showing the number of participants (beneficiaries) per village.
VILLAGE TRAINER NO. OF BENEFICIARIES
Amassi 1 10
Bantakpa 1 10
Ekaw 1 10
Ngwo (Sub Group I) 1 10
Ngwo (Sub Group II) 1 10
THE INVOLVEMENT OF OTHER PARTNERS AND THEIR ROLES:
The project is working in very close collaboration with other partners and stakeholders. This includes but not limited to:
– The Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) for the NW and SW Regions of Cameroon and
– The Centre for Indigenous Resources Management and Development (CIRMAD).
CAMEROON’S MINISTRY OF FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE (MINFOF): The Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife strongly supports and encourages this project as it goes in line with complimenting conservation efforts that has been achieved so far by MINFOF and other partners such as the World Conservation Society (WCS). The government through the OFFICE OF THE KAGWENE GORILLA SANCTUARY (under MINFOF) gives administrative and field support. MINFOF helps by providing the project team with guides on government policy and laws regarding livelihood support and conservation issues in the area. An ecoguard of the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary accompanies all sensitization meetings organisedin the beneficiary villages in this pilot phase (Amassi, Bantakpa, Ekaw and Ngwo).
THE CENTRE FOR INDIGENOUS RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (CIRMAD): The Centre for Indigenous Resources Management and Development (CIRMAD) a local nongovernmental organization is also a partner that is involved in the project. CIRMAD has trained the beneficiaries on small business and marketing Skills (Simple Bookkeeping and Business Management Skills). The importance of the training on small business is to enable the destitute future beekeepers to make their beekeeping profitable and sustainable (with an entrepreneurial spirit and sound management).
PROJECT FUNDED BY
THE RUFFORD SMALL GRANTS FOUNDATION (www.ruffordsmallgrants.org)