Beekeeping development for neighboring communities

Aiming to generate a positive impact on Guaraní communities neighboring Total's area of operations in Bolivia, the subsidiary is developing a beekeeping project in alliance with Banco FIE S.A., a financial institution, and the Dutch Development Cooperation Service, Bolivia office (SNV Bolivia). This joint initiative seeks to improve beekeeping production capacities in the Iviyeca, Tasete and Yapumbía communities, located in the Alto Parapetí Indigenous Territory, municipality of Lagunillas.

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    Community members show the initiative´s progress

Training to develop communal apiaries

The program will transfer technical capacities to set up communal beehives that will benefit 30 producers in the TCO Alto Parapetí, with a notable participation of women, who make up 53% of the beneficiaries and young population. Likewise, the bases will be established for linking these producers with beekeeping groups and local and national markets, with the perspective of forming inclusive sustainable businesses.
The project started in March 2018 with a first stage dedicated to the communal productive organization. The second stage, currently underway, is dedicated to the implementation of communal apiaries that includes the acquisition of materials and equipment for the production of honey and the service of technical guidance during the 12 months of the project duration, until a consolidated production is achieved.
Technicians with more than twenty years of experience in the field periodically visit the communities to provide theoretical and practical training. As the work progresses, beekeeping knowledge is shared and the doubts of the beekeepers are addressed. The technical assistance of the recent visits has focused on highlighting the importance of knowing the flowering seasons of the different species of the forest and the production of offspring in order to increase the number of bees in each hive, unlike previous months where the work was focused on keeping the population of the hives stable. At the same time, training is imparted on beekeeper's safety equipment, the structure of a bee box, and the types of bees that live in the hive, their importance and functions.
The project arised from the development axes proposed in the Life Plan 2017 - 2027 of the TCO Alto Parapetí. This document, which received support from Total in Bolivia for its preparation, establishes the need to promote the indigenous community productive activities through programs that promote beekeeping production.
The project is co-funded by Total E&P Bolivie (40.37%), Banco FIE (40.37%) and SNV, in charge of the technical implementation of the project (19.27%).

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