Guiding Hope - Upscaling fair trade honey and wax marketing

Upscaling the marketing and production in fair-trade of honey and wax
2008 SEED Award Winner Biodiversity Cameroon

Guiding Hope is looking to establish an environmentally and socially responsible, fair-yet-profitable trade in apiculture products by up-scaling the marketing and production of honey and wax.

Guiding Hope plans to expand small-scale production of organic, fair-trade honey from the remote Adamoua savannah and NorthWest highlands to reach international markets and to become Cameroon’s largest exporter of high quality beeswax, as well as building an international market chain for community-owned soap- and candle-making businesses. The aim is to increase wax export sales to 66 tonnes of organic wax per year by 2012, to increase wax prices by 30% through increasing quality, and to diversify their current honey sales market.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Guiding Hope promotes environmentally and socially responsible, fair-yet-profitable trade in apiculture products by up-scaling the marketing and production of honey and wax.
  • Advocating for fair-trade of honey and wax.

 

  • Promoting environmentally and socially responsible trade in apiculture products.

 

  • Reaching international markets to export high-quality beeswax.
  • Establishing an international market chain for community-run soap- and candle-making businesses.

Partners

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.

PAELLA-E – Programme d’Appui aux InitiativesLocales d’Auto Emploi: support through advocacyand capacity building.

SNV – Netherlands Development Organisation (int.NGO): support through capacity building to Union ofExporters of which Guiding Hope is a founding member. www.snvworld.org

Tropical Forest Products Ltd: UK importers, honey packers and wholesalers. www.tropicalforest.com

United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation: intergovernmental organisation to defeat hunger, promoting sustainable food security, raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity and contribute to economic gr

Djerem Union of Natural Honey Producers –UGIPROMNAD: Cameroonian Union of 18 producer groups.

British Wax: wax refining business, which recently obtained accreditation for processing of organic wax.www.britishwax.com

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