Beekeeping and honey production to build sustainable livelihoods in Debed village

Project ID# 07-0248-10

The “Beekeeping and honey production to build sustainable livelihoods in Debed community” project will improve the socio-economic situation of Debed village, by providing 25 families with 100 beehives in two years. Beekeeping and cattle breeding are alternative and demanded production for their community and developing the sphere would be the best strategy to reduce the community’s level of poverty and unemployment, and to prevent emigration from the community.

In the spring of 2010, twelve families received 48 beehives, 13 more families in the spring of 2011 received 52 beehives (4 beehives per each family) totaling at 25 original families with 100 beehives in two years. In the spring of 2012/13 the original families will pass on 100 beehives to 25 families and the first POG recipients will pass on 100 beehives to 25 families in 2014/15 families in the same community, thus increasing the number of POG recipient families to 50 through 2 POG-s. All the participants will be trained in beekeeping, honey production and marketing.

Within the framework of the same project Fuller Center of Housing Armenia (FCHA) is committed to support approximately 120 families with improving their housing and social conditions that will prevent them from migration outside village and the country. This will include but not limited to animal barns constructions, family houses roof restoration, general repair and sanitation systems.

With the implementation of the program, by the end of 2015, seventy five original and pass-on recipient families in Debed will have improved their nutrition and health by at least 40%. Moreover, by the end 2015, 75 original and pass-on families in Debed community will have increased their income by at least 30% by selling honey.