In Ixcán, Guatemala, people have few livelihood options beyond growing maize. In order to create new economic opportunities, EcoLogic provides technical training in beekeeping to local community residents. See our work for yourself:
Beekeeping is a forest-friendly alternative to other kinds of food production. Unlike other products, honey can be harvested year-round, creating income stability for families. Beekeeping training also gives farmers the opportunity to diversify their harvest so they can be less reliant on a single source of income for financial and food security. This is especially important as climate conditions change and some crops are less reliable than they have been historically.
There are now more than 800 hives across communities in the Ixcán region. So far this year, the beekeepers have collected over 21,000 pounds of honey, and generated over $125,000 in income. EcoLogic is also working on connecting beekeepers to honey retailers so they can sell their product within a broader market.