Apiculture is the science and practice of beekeeping. As an important component of rural communities worldwide, beekeeping has the potential to make a significant positive contribution to social, economic, and cultural life. Unfortunately, with much of the focus of rural development on livestock and crop production, the potential contribution of beekeeping may be overlooked.
This action research is an ongoing case study of the Ephesus Project in Honduras; a partnership between Nueva Florida villagers, the PAHS Orphanage, PLC, and COAPIHL to introduce beekeeping as a livelihood and revenue stream in poor communities. Small-scale beekeeping can contribute significantly to the mitigation of poverty in rural communities in Honduras, where 82% of the country’s poor live and where access to income is limited.
This paper focuses on analysis of planning, implementation strategies, anticipated formative outcomes, and sustainability and transferability of the project.
To allow analysis, all assets were allocated into one of five fundamental categories: human, physical, financial, social and natural as defined by Bradbear (2009) in a presentation to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
|Keywords:||Community Development, Sustainability, Rural Development, Poverty Mitigation, Beekeeping|
Professor and Director of MA Degree Programs, Hufstedler School of Education, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA
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