Environment Africa, Zimbabwe Apiculture Trust in partnership with WWF Zimbabwe are currently implementing a Leading the Change: Civil Society, Rights & Environment project in Mid Zambezi, specifically in Mudzi, Mutoko and Hurungwe districts.
The project outcomes are delivered through targeted institutional and technical capacity building of partner Civil Society Organizations and Community Based Organizations within the context of two Forest Management focused value chain interventions namely honey production and household biogas technology. The project has been supporting a forest management and honey production project in Hurungwe district since 2014. Hurungwe district is a major honey producer in the country and also one of the country's districts worst affected by deforestation and veld fires.
The rationale for the project is that, improved economic returns from honey production can incentivize local communities to sustainably manage indigenous forests as they are a source of pollen for honey production. Similarly, the project has supported the piloting of biogas technology as an alternative energy source at household level compared to traditional wood fuel since 2014. This was motivated by a realization that an earlier jatropha seed production and utilization project produced 65% seedcake after oil extraction. The Biogas project was therefore seen as an innovative way to positively harness this waste to produce biogas for household cooking in Mutoko and Mudzi districts since 2014.