OKJ Wildlife

OKJ Wildlife: Beekeeping for rural development

Abuja, NigeriaMarkarfi LGA, Nigeria
Year Founded:
2010
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Beekeeping provides six products that are capable of generating income, reducing hunger and malnutrition, improving on food security, improving ecological density in devastated areas and for api-therapeutic purposes.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if bees were responsible for about 80% of what we eat, yes they are hence the need to husband them than 'burn' them.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Honey hunters in Nigeria and some parts of Africa burn bees to harvest only honey which most times is not pure. this reduces effective pollination, balanced ecosystem and wastes other produce. This project seeks to turn around these ills and other social issue such as rural-urban migration, unemployment, poverty and protection of vulnerable youths and aged adults.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

I intend to train and equip as many unemployed youths as possible to keep bees. High preference will be given to Married, women, rural and at risk youth in other of prevailing importance starting from the former. They will be trained and equipped with ten hives each. Emphases will be placed on using hive produce to improve on household nutrition, increase income and improve on pollination of cultivated crops within their area of residence. They will be given a period of 3 years to show productivity or the ten hives will be withdrawn from them. A buy back mechanism will be incorporated for their produce should they want to sell and such youths may be assisted to expand beyond ten hives after a period of the initial 3 year initial phase.

Awards

Selected among the ten best ideas in a Committee on Food Security of the Food And Organisation of UN contest in Rome where the idea was pitched in October 2015
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

While training farmers in Kaduna state, (Markarfi LGA) Nigeria last year, a young man decided to right after the training carry his skep hive made of clay into his pepper (capsicum spp) farm. We encouraged Kenyan Top Bar hive to them. After a few months he called to inform us that instead of three bags he usually harvested, he this time had seven bags. He promised to use the honey he harvests to improve nutrition in his household especially with his young son. He promised to use other hive products as regimens for health conditions as the nearest hospital is far from them. Similar was the story from Paiko LGA of Niger state where we trained farmers. If upscaled, several issues will be alleviated. all they wanted was capacity to expand.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

At the moment, USAID MARKETS 2 Nigeria has financed a training for about 1,600 farmers in 5 states of Nigeria. this does not include empowering them with hives and other equipment. It is also targeted at the USAID MARKETS value chain of certain crops which does not necessarily look at the most productive areas for beekeeping in Nigeria. I have as well conducted independent training in some academic institutions in highly fertile areas of the country but was unable to empower the participants. In the nearest future I want to be able to consolidate on my idea by empowering youths to own hive and organize them into co-operatives that can also access funding from government and NGOs and use them as 'outgrowers' of hive products that will drive my enterprise to adding value to the hive products for household and industrial consumption. I hope for 30 tonne honey production in a 3 year period

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

I intend training, empowering, mentoring and equipping these youths in the first three years. the benefits I am sure will cause others to join as they see benefits on their farms; testimonies of this is available from a farmer we did not train but has his millet farm next to one of our trained youths farm. I intend to start with four geographical locations (Kwara, Kogi, Benue and Kaduna) in Nigeria and two in Ghana (Brong Ahafo regions). I upon success set up two small processing factories after five years. by the 10th year I expect about 10,000 strong beekeepers with minimum of 20 hives
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

After partaking in the APIMONDIA 2015 congress South Korea. I found a order for hive products. In Nigeria, about 80% of honey consumed in households and industrially is imported. Also there are no strong practicing beekeepers in Nigeria, thus little or no competitor and there is also a strong market desirous of the products of the hive locally and internationally. I believe this will drive the financial sustainability of the plan

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

USAID Nigeria, Kaduna State government and Bargong Farms Nigeria Ltd is also addressing it but non of them for now is equipping the farmers with the necessary tools outside trainning. The proposed project seeks to empower these youths asides from training. It also is not restricted to particular crop value chains of farmer group but seeks to cover the Nigerian wood land and tall grass savanna which covers about 70% of the total lands mass of Nigeria. In Ghana the focus will be given to the southern Guinea Savanna belt and norther moist semi deciduous forest belt where there is no such project.
Team

Founding Story

After graduating Univeristy in 2009 and returning to Nigeria in 2009, I read an article published by MUHAMMAD R. JA’AFAR-FURO, ABDURRAHMAN SULEIMAN and YUSUF EL-SAHAB HONG on A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF BEEKEEPING AND CROP PRODUCTION IN ADAMAWA STATE, NIGERIA. The research concluded that the investment return on beekeeping was 9.12 compared to 0.40 for crop production. I began to make inquiries about the beekeeping industry in Nigeria and found out that there was less than 1% of her potential been tapped. As I traveled from town I saw how honey hunters burn wild colonies to gain access to honey in these hives and how these caused less crop yield. That challenged my entrepreneurial prowess

Team

I am the team lead with a BSc in Entomology and Wildlife. Others are Ruth Adzege, USAID small business and organizational development specialist, Dapo Ipadeola PMP, is an adviser on the project, same as Olayiwola Matthew who a social entrepreneur and founder of heroplus.com. I aslo have David Bonat Musa, A trained beekeeper from the Hebrew University Israels mashav course and Enoch Bahago, a seasoned beekeeper of several years experience as co trainers and facilitators. I also have my University lecturers Dr Rofela Combey and Dr Peter Kwapong as mentors who may become board members if the project flourishes. At the moment only myself David Bonat Musa and Enouch Bahago are on full time. Others are part time.
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

I heard via a Facebook post

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I pioneered the first service deal on www.dealdey.com bringing car hire services online within the Abuja area. I also pioneered the first ever international travel deal on www.dealdey.com designing eco-tourism deals to Ghana tourist sites from Nigeria. I learnt the principle of finding solutions to problems and adding value to the solutions.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

There are several senior fellows who offer advice and encouragement as doing business in the Nigerian business climate is not particularity smooth. It is traditionally African to stand on the shoulders of those who are taller and have gone before us in other to see the future clearly. There are several of such persons that range from government employees to civil society workers

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