Scaling up innovative sustainable nature-based initiatives.
Settled so close to wildlife-rich protected areas, smallholder farmers around Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park plant foul-smelling chilis and douse rags in chili oil to deter crop-raiding elephants. Apart from mitigating human-wildlife conflict, the chili crop is also providing new agricultural opportunities for many households, and households are making double their past revenue by planting this powerful, multifunctional crop. AWF provides new chili farmers with training and access to markets through the U.S. Agency for International Development Biodiversity Program, keeping elephants and people safe from human-wildlife conflict.
In this same landscape, AWF introduced beekeeping to help communities understand the link between protecting forest resources and developing financial stability. Training more than 800 people around two forest reserves, AWF is supporting the development of apiary businesses by supplying hives and essential equipment including harvesting suits, smokers, scales, and guidebooks.
The beekeepers are organized and registered as producer cooperatives with the appropriate government ministries, enabling them to access commercial markets and the capital to grow a self-sustaining micro-enterprise. With new sources of sustainable income, farmers can keep their children in school and build a solid foundation for community conservation.