Calling all beekeepers! Villages in Partnership will be hosting a team of beekeepers in Malawi from March 2-10 under the leadership of New Jersey State Apiarist, and VIP Board Member, Tim Schuler. Training Malawian villagers to care for and maintain honey bee colonies is one of VIP’s most exciting initiatives! The farmers who participate in the program are able to make a surplus income by harvesting and selling the honey, which allows them to better their lives and the lives of their family members by paying for school fees, improving their homes and saving for the future. Beekeeping also has a positive impact on the Malawian environment. Malawi is one of the most heavily deforested countries on earth and the profits gained from beekeeping encourage local Malawians to protect their vulnerable forests for their bees, thereby improving soil quality, controlling erosion and floods, and helping to replenish depleted ground water stocks.
Because of the many benefits tied to VIP’s beekeeping initiative, we are looking to continue to grow the program, train more farmers to become beekeepers and to expand the products that our beekeepers are able to produce and sell. If you are interested in traveling to one of the poorest countries on earth and working with the people there to help improve their lives and the health of their country by seeing what is going on with their beekeeping operations and teaching them about something you love, sign up for our 2018 Beekeeping Trip! Sign up today!
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