Kalahari Honey

Improving local environment via sustainable beekeeping and agricultural practices
2021 SEED Climate Adaptation Award Winner Biodiversity Francistown, Botswana

Kalahari Honey’s mission is to bring balance between human, wildlife and the environment. The enterprise operates a beekeeping business as a way to mitigate human and wildlife conflict, feed more families, create jobs and build sustainable communities. They train and supply farmers with beehives to use as ‘active’ fences to prevent elephants from destroying their farms. 

The uniqueness in Kalahari’s business model is that the user is not customer. The users of the enterprise’ beehives are rural farmers who face challenges keeping elephants from destroying their farm. The farmers sell bee products back to the enterprise to market to customers globally. Kalahari buys back honey from farmers, processes, package and sells them in the consumer market.

Eco-inclusive Impacts

Increased pollination through the propagation of bee colonies and the introduction of more indigenous, drought-resistant plant species contribute to an enhanced climate resilience, reversing ongoing desertification and sustaining local livelihoods.
  • Employing more than 500 whose habitations are in conflict with wildlife and giving them a solution that also increases their income
  • Providing training to rural communities and youth in skills such as, beekeeping, candle making, pollen & propolis making, venom farming, and queen multiplication
  • Increasing bee colonies that increase pollination, and introduces more plant species, helping to reverse ongoing desertification.
  • Providing community training on conservational sustainable agriculture that focuses on tackling plant diseases.
  • Capturing more than 40% of the local market share.
  • Exporting honey products to three (3) other countries
  • Helping farmers increase income from honey sales, to be able to provide more for their families’ wellbeing, food, education and housing.

Multimedia

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.

Local Enterprise Authority incubates Kalahari through their national start-up incubation program.

 

Botswana Innovation Hub provides Kalahari with incubation support. They also provide Kalahari a working space to operate from.

SEED Library

In the SEED Library you can read case studies and briefs and explore recent news and blog posts related to the enterprise.
Read more

Collaborate with Kalahari Honey

Use this form to contact the enterprise directly. The submission of this form notifies SEED of your contact request.
I consent to having SEED collect my details and protect my submitted data in line with privacy policy
Mavis Nduchwa
Tel: +26771211629

Meet more enterprises in the sector

Carbon EcoTrip

2021
Biodiversity Bekasi, Indonesia

Last Forest Enterprises

2014 SEED Low Carbon Award Winner
Biodiversity Kotagiri -Nilgiris, India

Village Inc. Africa

2014 SEED Africa Award Winner
Biodiversity Babati, Tanzania

Planting Empowerment

2009 SEED Award Winner
Biodiversity Panama

Oro Verde® - Facilitating Market Access for Artisan Miners

2009 SEED Award Winner
Biodiversity Colombia

Commercialization of Prosopis Juliflora Products from Affected Areas

2010 SEED Award Winner
Biodiversity Nairobi, Kenya