Pro-Sofala Verde uses bees and a CSR funded reforestation project to show a rural Mozambican community how sustainable natural resource management can lead to social, economic and environmental benefits. Qualifiying families receive bee hives and are trained in sustainable beekeeping and harvesting techniques. The high grade honey is sold back to the enterprise which processes and distributes it to urban areas in small and affordable portions.
The enterprise provides an innovative and inclusive value chain of eco-friendly high grade honey production. Families having successfully participated in CSR funded reforestation supported by Cevejas de Moçambique SA are invited to participate. Hives produced locally from sustainable forestry off-cuts are distributed to the families. All bee-keepers receive extensive training. Advanced bee-keepers receive additional training and incentive to mentor families in hive and bee maintenance and to ensure hygienic cropping. PSV buys community honey at above market rates. After cropping and processing, affordable high-grade honey is marketed in 1-portion honey sticks to urban areas where most Mozambicans do not have access to nutritionally valuable honey.
New jobs will be created from honey processing and hive production, including indirect jobs from the packaging, distribution and honey sales. The reforestation and sustainable honey production support biodiversity conservation by improving natural resource management, resulting in a significant reduction of destructive practices within the project area.
- Scale up honey production from 600 to 2900 kg.
- Reinvest funds from honey sales to provide more top bar hives and training.
- Train and employ two experienced beekeepers as mentors to oversee hive and bee population maintenance and to ensure hygienic cropping.
- Reduce packaging costs and identify affordable biodegradable alternatives.
- Establish a retail network to sell honey packages.