Programmes and Activities
EAB has major programmes and activities in line with its major objectives.
Conducive policy environment
Creation of good working environment in the sector is one of the establishment objectives of the EAB as an apex body. It has contributed for the launching of the proclamation, proclamation no- 620/2002, in favour of the api-culture sector development. Its also working with MoA to accelerate the launching of the guideline for the proper implementation of the proclamation in beekeeping sector development. Discussion is underway on how to promote and familiarize the proclamation and guidelines to the farming community as well as executive bodies at the grassroots level
Furthermore, EAB is working with the MoA, EFRD, in facilitating designing of posts for the bee experts at worda and zonal level and, provision of necessary knowledge and skill to them.
EAB organizes multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) in collaboration with partners such as SNV/ASPIRE, SNV/GRAD, AGP-AMDe/ACDI-VOCA, Oxfam GB and regional and national government bodies at two levels. All actors in the honey value chain come together to identify problems in the sector and find ways to solve them, to see opportunities to be utilized, share experiences and create linkages. These forums are also used for dissemination of new research finding and lessons from different events
Sector Promotion, Marketing and Facilitating Linkages
EAB has targeted activities in sector promotion, sector marketing and facilitating linkages among the different actors in the value chain. EAB participates in different international events in the sector to promote the country’s potential in the honey sector and attract buyers and investors from the international community.
Coordination of efforts of partners
Sector coordination and enhancing collaboration among the actors for better and long lasting results is one of the activities of EAB to ensure moves towards its goals. Collaboration of AGP-AMDe, SNV/ASPIRE, SNV/GRAD, Oxfam GB and other in organizing regional and national MSPs, and AGP-AMDe and SNV/ASPIRE in ApiMondia participation, … etc are examples just to mention few.
Knowledge development and sharing
EAB encourages research activities to produce new knowledge, draw lessons from different international events and search out new experiences of actors to document and share to the actors at the grassroots. It uses the MSPs to share and disseminate such knowledge.
Building Regional and International Relations
EAB is also working to expand international relations and collaborations. In collaboration with other potential African countrys similar organizations, EAB established a regional network call ApiTrade Africa, to promote and market the regions potential in the honey sector. Now EAB is working to be member of ApiMondia, International Federation of Beekeepers, EAB serves as member of board of directors in ApiTrade Africa and represents Africa – African Commissioner in ApiMondia through election of one of its executive board members.
Thanks to its senior advisor, Dr Juergen Greiling, EAB established Fostership program through support of GIZ/SLM and German Beekeepers Association and cooperation of our Universities. In this program, female honey clubs are established in universities, training in practical aspect of beekeeping arranged and some support given to selected graduates to be engaged in beekeeping activity (as an self-employment) and serve as trainer to and model for the community in their villages.
EAB has highly experienced professionals. Therefore, it provides consultancy service for new entrant development partners and companies.
To address some of its objectives, EAB has development programmes and activities in collaboration with partners such as SNV Ethiopia and CSSP/EU. ASPIRE project envisages to ensure food security of 30,000 smallholder beekeepers through transforming them to semi-commercial level beekeeper and improving their household income. Through enhanced production and market linkages, it also envisages Ethiopia to be one of the leading quality honey exporters in the globe.
Through CSSP activities, EAB is working to enhance girla’s honey clubs and women training in modern beekeeping, to improve their livelihoods.
Residue Monitoring Plan, which is a requirement of EU, was one of the yearly activitis which was manipulated in collaboration with MoA, AGP-AMDe and SNV Ethiopia to ensure export of our honey products to EU member countries. Now EHBPEA requested to handle this activity and handover to it on 2014.