COMMUNITY BASED ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION AND BEEKEEPING ACTIVITIES AT MUNGULI VILLAGE, IRAMBA DISTRICT, SINGIDA REGION
The Hadzabe is an indigenous ethnic group now on the verge of extinction. Only 1,900 heads remain as of now nationwide and globally. In Singida region, the Hadzabe are found in Munguli Village. They live by hunting and gathering. Their main food includes meat, honey, berries and tubers. The woodland ecosystem in Munguli village serves as a food reservoir to hunter-gatherers. However, deforestation and forest degradation mainly by farmers and pastoralists has reduced food availability to the Hadzabe and compromised their life. Under the proposed project, it is anticipated that beekeeping activities will increase food availability to the Hadzabe, protect forest, reduce land degradation and conserve wild biodiversity.
About the proponent:
Ilunda Development Trust Fund has been on the ground for 6 years. It was established and registered in 2004. It is based at Kiomboi, Iramba District with a liaison branch in Dar es Salaam. Its main focus is on social services. It is also involved in environment conservation and natural resource management particularly when those are linked to improvement of livelihoods on sustainable basis.
Project main objective:
To conserve and utilize forest resource through promoting beekeeping as an alternative source of food and income generating initiative in Munguli Village.
• Mobilize and train local communities in woodland management and natural resource conservation
• Capacity building through community level workshops and exchange visits.
• Establish modern beekeeping for food and conservation
• Promote reforestation through tree planting.