The goal of the project is to facilitate the development of agricultural-based micro-enterprises in rural communities to improve standards of living, enhance social stability and promote economic diversification. This will be focused on utilization of locally produced resources and renewable energy to fuel sustainable integrated production for food security, import substitution and export.
The project will develop and expand of 169 agriculturally/environmentally based Micro-enterprises in 30 communities through the application of beekeeping, protected farming, agro-processing, renewable energy technologies and community tourism activities over a 42 month period.
Through funding from USAID’s Development Grants Program 2, more than 200 persons have directly benefitted from this project, with training in beekeeping, greenhouse farming, agro-processing, rainwater harvesting, governance, and community tourism. A total of 166 micro-enterprises have been established. These include four green houses, and two agro processing facilities and 160 apiaries for production of wax, honey, bees and pollen. Renewable energy is integrated into all aspects of the project. Beekeepers have solar wax melters and pollen dryers, and two solar powered water supply systems have been installed forcrop production and agro-processing. The governance and management systems of three groups have been strengthened.