Support to small farmers is at the heart of the fight against poverty. However, the continuous provision of support poses a major challenge which greatly affects the sustainability of development related projects. Using a research and education approach, in which beekeeping was introduced into the curriculum of two secondary schools, we tested the potential of knowledge transfer as a means of promoting beekeeping. In this paper, we show that, with an educational program tailored to the audience needs, knowledge transfer and self start-ups ensure better sustainability than material support. We further discuss the implications of these results in the sustenance of beekeeping as a development related activity.

Research and education for sustainability in a beekeeping project in sub-Saharan Africa.

NAZZI, Francesco;ANNOSCIA, Desiderato;DEL FABBRO, Simone;DEL PICCOLO, Fabio
2014

Abstract

Support to small farmers is at the heart of the fight against poverty. However, the continuous provision of support poses a major challenge which greatly affects the sustainability of development related projects. Using a research and education approach, in which beekeeping was introduced into the curriculum of two secondary schools, we tested the potential of knowledge transfer as a means of promoting beekeeping. In this paper, we show that, with an educational program tailored to the audience needs, knowledge transfer and self start-ups ensure better sustainability than material support. We further discuss the implications of these results in the sustenance of beekeeping as a development related activity.
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