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University of Puget Sound

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Fall 2008

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Tanzania-Zanzibar: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management


The purpose of this study was to investigate the current practices and methods for improvement of beekeeping on Unguja Island in Zanzibar. Beekeeping has been occurring for many years in Unguja but has retained traditional techniques with little improvement. Improvement can occur in the form of introduction of modern equipment, formation of beekeeping organizations, advancing and diversifying products, and gaining governmental support. Beekeeping is worthy of expansion because of its potential to increase rural income in a sustainable way as well as support conservation of forest areas. The study found that there has so far been little improvement of income due to modern equipment or group formation, but that the presence of both is on the increase. It also was found that large umbrella groups such as the Zanzibar Beekeeping Association as yet have been able to provide information and training only, though there is potential for an increased role. Small scale innovation and production of necessary equipment and processed goods along with possible conservation grant funding are seen as the best methods for improving beekeeping in Unguja.


Economics | Entomology | Environmental Sciences | Growth and Development



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