Uganda Honey Trade Project 2010-14

Funded by Comic Relief, UK

This Project was completed in 2014. For four years we worked with partners to build honey trade in Uganda, enabling thousands of poor households to increase their incomes. Families have succeeded in securing resilient and sustainable livelihoods through beekeeping. 


The Project supported an existing beekeeper-owned, honey-trading group called the Kamwenge Beekeepers Cooperative Society (KABECOS). This community-based social enterprise provides a fair and reliable route to market for beekeepers in Kamwenge, in south-west Uganda. 


At the national level we helped build the capacity of the national industry association, TUNADO, to enable it to advocate on behalf of all beekeepers.  The result is a proactive and established mouthpiece for the many thousands of small-scale beekeepers in Uganda.


Work with ApiTrade Africa was focussed particularly on the stubborn challenges of fairtrade and organic certification for Africa’s beekeepers: the Project helped build expertise and experience within this emerging trade body.

We are proud of our achievements

  • KABECOS was able to increase its honey purchases from the community from 2 tonnes in 2010 to 17 tonnes in 2014
  • The number of beekeepers accessing this market rose from less than 100 to over 300 in 2014
  • Having a reliable market for their honey encouraged beekeepers to increase production - on average sales per beekeeper doubled over the course of the Project
  • The number of women and youth taking up beekeeping as a business rose considerably
  • Women are building savings groups - to make the best use of the income they earn from honey selling
  • In some cases honey income makes up 60% of household income

Read articles about the Uganda Honey Trade Project

Beekeeping economics II - Making a profit as a community based producer organisation

Beekeeping economics III - Making a profit as a community based producer organisation - can you sell to a packer?

Access to finance for rural honey trade







This project was funded by Comic Relief UK