Support RECOFTC's 'Trees & Bees, Please! Nepal' project, a women-led beekeeping and tree-planting project in Nepal.
Using local knowledge, women in Sarlahi, a mountainous rural area of Nepal, have developed a sustainable relationship with the forest that surrounds the community. The residents collect wild fruits, nuts, bamboo shoots, mushrooms and medicinal plants from the forest for their families, selling excess goods in the market to supplement their income.
Yet, irregular weather patterns caused by climate change and the flooding of a nearby river caused by deforestation, jeopardizes the community's ability to subsist off of the forest’s natural resources. To adapt to this reality, Sarlahi’s women-led Community Forest User Group has a plan. Through beekeeping and integrating fruit trees into forests using a practice called agroforestry, the community can increase forest cover and contribute to livelihood generation.
But, they need our help. Help RECOFTC reach our fundraising target of $23,000 to provide the community in Sarlahi with beehives, tree saplings and a full year of training to ensure the trees and beehives - and the incomes from them - are here for the long-term.
How will this help? Beekeeping and planting trees are practices proven to enhance forest health, decrease reliance on cash crops and generate income. And, since women (especially single or widowed women), ethnic minorities and Dalits are the most reliant on communal resources, like forests, this project will strengthen the livelihoods of the community's most marginalized groups.
Planting trees among crops (agroforestry) provide benefits to society and the ecosystem. Trees act as a carbon sink, maintain soil health and prevent erosion and the fruit and vegetables grown can supplement diets and be sold to generate income. And, unlike many tree-planting initiatives where the planted trees never grow up, the trees that are planted in this project will be cared for by the women who rely on them for income, ensuring that the trees thrive and are sustained for years to come.
Since bees play a critical role in maintaining biodiversity through pollination, contributing to the growth of fruits and vegetables, they perfectly complement the tree-planting, or agroforestry, initiative. Bees also produce honey, beeswax, and propolis, more products that can be sold to generate income and lift people out of poverty.
Please help support this project - donate to the project here.