Supplying 250 beehives to Nigerian cashew farmers to bolster income and improve yields.
AtSource+ metrics to track progress:
- Average yield of the farmer group
- Investment ($) in permanent pollinator habitats
Beekeeping can play an important role in growing the income of small-scale cashew farmers. The bees help to pollinate the cashew trees when they are in blossom, boosting yields. While the honey and wax provides additional income for farmers outside of the nut harvest season.
In the Kwara State of Nigeria, ofi has provided 250 beehives to 50 cashew farms, along with protective gear, smokers, harvesting tools and training on how to produce honey and beeswax on their orchards. AtSource+ has been critical to measuring the impact on yields and incomes. As well as monitoring how much ofi and its customers have invested in pollinator habitats like beehives, it tracks the annual yields of the farmer groups involved in the project.
This partnership also connected farmers directly to the market, so they were able to sell 100% of their bee products at a competitive price. Silifatu Ahmed, a cashew farmer in the Owode-Ofaro, Kwara State, has introduced four hives onto her farm and harvested 15kg of honey and 1kg of beeswax in the first year, topping up her income from cashew production by 5%.