Building a future with decent work for youth

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Honeybees are vital to plant and grassland eco-systems. Wildlife appears to be dependent upon both. Honeybees are good biological indicators because their death or residues indicate the chemical impairment or disruption of the environment they live in. Beekeeping is an ecologically and technically appropriate form of a life-sustaining source of green jobs and incomes for many out of the school youths in some of the poorest rural areas of Zimbabwe. The input costs are relatively low being less than 50% of the income generated, making beekeeping a thriving business that can contribute invaluably to rural household incomes. With adequate input and training, local small-scale honey production in Zimbabwe could satisfy the local market demands and long-term growth and sustainability could lead to export potential.

Youths benefiting from the TREE program in Gokwe South are changing from traditional practice and techniques using beehives made from tree trunks to more productive skills to meet the local and regional demand for good quality organic honey using environmentally friendly beehives made from waste timber from local saw mill and carpentry plants such as those of the Forestry Commission.