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					Ethiopian Honey and Beeswax Producers and Exporters Association

Contact: Addis Ababa, P.O.Box 42787, Addis Ababa, E-mail: bezamar@ethionet.et
Tel. +2510911-201686/011-5505099/Fax: +251-0115515352

1. Situation at start
The Ethiopian Honey and Beeswax Producers and Exporters Association (EHBPEA)
was established with close support given by programme assigned facilitators and
got the legal certificate from the Ministry of Trade & Industry on September 6,
2005 The major objective of the EHBPEA is to identify the major problems of the
member companies and bring these to the attention of the government to find
solutions for the same. In addition, the members of the association want to export
quality honey and other bee-products to increase their own income.
The structure of the Association comprises the General Assembly, Board of
Directors, Auditor & other employees as well as 5 executives: Chairman, Secretary,
Finance Head, Casher and Auditor. At present, the association hired a General
Manager who executes the day-to-day operations. The number of companies has
increased from seven in 2006 to ten in February 2007.


2. Problems
The newly established association lacked both experience (expertise) and financial
resources to deliver services to their members as needed. Moreover, most of the
members of the association (processors of honey & beeswax) lacked sufficient
working capital, equipment, packaging materials to avail quality honey in the
required quantity. Moreover, the processors count source quality honey and other
bee-products with sufficient quantity from the producers (high moisture content of
honey and adulterated beeswax).


3. Proposed Solutions
The programme assisted honey operators to take part in the process of building the
industry and take responsibility. Moreover, the association was assisted to raise
some funds by linking them with other donors and promote their business.
Accordingly, the USAID Export promotion project made financial support available
to cover office expenses and staff salary for 6 months.
The president of the Ethiopian Honey and Beeswax Producers and Exporters
Association (EHBPEA) participated in the International Honey Trade Workshop -
APIMONDIA 2005 in Ireland and shared some market information & ideas on how
to access to EU market. EHBPEA became a key member of “Honey Quality Working
Group” and actively participated in the preparation of the EU accreditation
document for export of honey and wax to European countries.
Moreover, the members of association were advised on how to improve the
production and quality of organic honey by linking them with farmer beekeepers
(creation of processors-producers linkage). Accordingly, some processors are
motivated to provide technical training for beekeepers and initiated the preparation
of business plan to expand commercial beekeeping farming and the establishment
of filed depots and processing plants with programme support.


4. Self-help of Business Operators and additional Support
   by BDS facilitators
EHBPEA took the initiative and organized an international trade fair entitled “Ethio-
Millenium Agro Industry Fair “ from January 16-18, 2007. More than 50 companies,
cooperatives, NGOS, research centers and government organizations participated.
There were more than 40 participants from abroad. Parallel to this event, a
seminar and workshop was held at the ILRI Conference hall - “Developing Business
in Bee - Products” including buyers, certification agencies, technical specialists and
researchers. Participants include those from all parts of the Ethiopian bee-products
sector and from other countries in the region. It is intended that this will enable
producers, processors, intermediaries and traders to gain a wider understanding of
the prospects for Ethiopian bee-products, to network and to gain high quality
information concerning product and market development and technical aspects of
production and processing. To this effect, SNV -BOAM first initiated the contracting
of an international consultant to advise the association on how to organize such
international conferences & bazaar. On top of that, the programme assisted
EHPBEA to get fund from the programme and other sources (among others, from
Irish Aid, CORDAID and SOS Sahel).


5. Outcome / Impact
The following major results obtained:
    Stakeholders are now able to identify and take responsibility in the
        respective roles in value chain Development.
      The association has got recognition support from the government at
       national level.
      A steering committee established to work more on apiculture.
      The association successfully mobilized more than Euro 120,000, for two
       events and got more than 40,000 Birr from bazaar fee.
      Honey operators and equipment suppliers have got an opportunity to
       display their products and introduced each other to work together.
      The three days bazaar & conference brought together investors, producers,
       processors, buyers, researchers, government and non-government
       organizations to achieve a common objectives-improving production, quality
       and marketing of honey and other bee-products.

Impact Indicators of the Programme Objective:
   Impact in terms of increased production capacity and increased turnover
     and sales: Tentative arrangements/agreement made among local operators
     and international buyers. Accordingly, Tropical Forest Product Ltd made a
     contact with Beza Mar Agro-Industry. Similarly, Walter Lang Honig Import
     GmbH also appreciated taste, smell and color of Kaffa honey has got good
     feedback from the seminar. If the established commercial relations come to
     a positive result, then production, turn over, sales and income will
     absolutely increase. Contracts are expected to be signed following the EU
     accreditation.
      Impact in terms of improved product quality: Professional capacities of
       stakeholders (beekeeping training for farmers) being strengthened: better
       beekeeping and bee product processing skills.
      Impact in terms of networking: A strong network of private and public
       resource persons and consultants with complementing expertise has been
       created (Honey Quality Working Group, international consultants who are
       working on EU accreditation)

				
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