Improving market access and income of small-scale beekeepers through value chain analysis: a case study from Gera district in the south west of Ethiopia
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Wendimu, Mengistu Assefa1, Forfatter
Hjortsø, Carsten Nico1, Vejleder
1Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultet, København, Danmark
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 Abstract: This study was conducted in Gera district of Oromia region to identify the main constraints andopportunities in honey production and marketing systems and to analyze the honey value chain.The value chain approach was used as analytical and conceptual framework to guide datacollection process and analysis. Households´ survey questionnaire, semi-structured interviews andfocus group discussion checklists were the main tools used for data collection. At household level,data were collected from 85 beekeepers in five PAs. The result of the study showed that, about99% of the hives owned by the beekeepers were traditional with an average of 64 traditional hivesper sample households. The average productivity of the traditional hive in the study area(13.4kg/hive) was higher than the national average (5kg/hive). The average income earned bysample households from beekeeping was 4,362.3 birr per year. The marketing margin analysisshows that beekeepers were receiving only 44% of the price paid by the consumers whereas theintermediaries received 56% of the margins which demonstrate the existence of high marketinginefficiencies. Three different types of governance structures were identified between differentactors involved in the honey value chain. Process and product upgrading were the two mainupgrading strategies identified in the honey value chain. The major constraints identified were lackof institutional supports, absence or very limited training services, lack and high costs of modernbeekeeping equipments, lack of access to rewarding markets due to poor rural infrastructures, lackof well organized market channels and lack of trust and transparency between actors. Some of thepossible recommendations for future intervention measures include encouraging and facilitatingestablishment of producer organizations, provision of practical oriented training and creditservices, encouraging use of transitional and modern hives, promotion of out-grower scheme,establishing honey collection centers and diversification of hive products.
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2010
 Sider: 133 pages
 Publiceringsinfo: København, Danmark : Fødevareøkonomisk Institut
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 Note: Agricultural Development, Agricultural Development
 Type: Speciale
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