Dytech Limited

Producing moveable, durable and productive beehives
2019 SEED Africa Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Lusaka, Zambia

ZamHives uses unwanted wood off cuts from commercial wood processing centers and plantations to produce and sell double-decker $4 low cost, high productive beehives. Hives are consigned to outgrowers, engaging them to produce honey for increased production for export into global markets such as Germany,China, Egypt and South Africa. Payments to outgrowers are provided in cash, supplies or solar products.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The project creates scalable, tangible income generating opportunities to 2,500 young and female rural outgrowers that are contributing towards lifting thousands of rural communities out of poverty, while lowering the alarming rate of deforestation in the region and bolstering local bee populations.
  • Engaging local actors with beehives to boost productivity uplift from 15kg to 75 kgs of honey per beehive.
  • Promoting access to alternative livelihoods among rural communities
  • Training 40% women and 60% youth beekeepers
  • Reducing the cutting of trees used for charcoal and wood burning by introducing solar solutions
  • Using wood waste instead of tree bucks to produce hives
  • Bolstering local bee populations which are under threat
  • Helping communities find alternative sources of income that are not detrimental to the environment, which sustain their livelihoods, and which have the ability to help lift them out of poverty.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Partner Arise Ruth Foundation helps Dytech Limited identify, mobilise and train strategic rural outgrowers.

International Trade Center/ Partnership Investment and Growth Africa (PIGA) supports the development of the enterprise, and helps Dytech gain market access abroad for export and investment.

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