Jasmine Bee has a particularly strong position in the Kibondo district in the Kigoma province in northwest Tanzania. Beekeeping is a traditional activity in the Kibondo, where there are many nectar-yielding tree species in the ancestral Moyowasi National Forest Reserve.
Our organic forest honey is harvested, processed and packed in Kibondo District, northwest Tanzania. A remote area only accessible by dirt roads heading to Burundi. Kibondo is one of the poorest areas in Tanzania, the income per capita estimate under USDA 1.90 per day, the World Bank’s global poverty line. Most of the residents are engaged in farming of cassava and practice traditional beekeeping on the side to be able to provide for their family.
On the border of Kilimanjaro National Park, elephants are increasingly coming into contact with people and farms, often resulting in the destruction of crops due to the trampling and eating of crops by elephants. This harms the livelihoods of farmers and reduces food security. These interactions also threaten elephant populations due to retaliatory killing and increased hostility toward elephants. Jasmine Bee initiates community-led beehive-fence projects that reduce elephant crop raiding and provide additional income to farmers through beekeeping.
Beehive fencing makes use of bees as a natural deterrent for trampling elephants. Research by Save the Elephants has revealed that elephants will run from the sound of disturbed honeybees. It seems elephants retain a negative memory about honeybees, which ‘scares’ them away from an area.
This year we aim to secure sufficient funds to expand our fence from 560m to 10km, form beekeepers groups and increase anti-poaching patrolling. Ourdream is to protect all farms on the boundary of Kilimanjaro National Park, including the wildlife corridors to Tsavo (Kenya) and Mkomazi National Park.
The Kilimanjaro Region borrowed its name form the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. It is one of the most dense populated areas of Tanzania. Over the last 90 years, the population on the slopes increased 10 fold and about 50% of the Kilimanjaro Forest has been lost. Community led initiatives and environmental driven assistance can help in balancing climate change within the Greater Kilimanjaro Area.
We support our community of beekeepers and our community beekeeping projects in Tanzania.
We produce sustainable, organic Tanzanian honey with the help of local beekeepers and bees.