Rural Poverty Mitigation Through Apiculture: A Case Study

By Jerold Dale Miller.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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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

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.59-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 790.454KB).

Dr. Jerold Dale Miller

Professor and Director of MA Degree Programs, Hufstedler School of Education, Alliant International University, San Diego, California, USA

Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at California State University and received his Master of Arts in Education and Doctorate in Technology & Learning at United States International University. He currently holds the rank of full professor and serves as the Systemwide and International Director of Masters Degree programs in the Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education at Alliant International University. Dr. Miller’s current research targets rural development, community education, and poverty mitigation through small-scale beekeeping. Other research interests include extensive work in the area of Cyberbullying. As the Co-Founder and International Consultant to the Ephesus Project in Honduras, Dr. Miller has made a significant positive contribution to the well-being of PAHS Orphanage. His most recent focus is the exploration and documentation the transferability of the project to other areas of rural poverty.


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