Everyday, in the Kyondo-Majengo Community, a fruit/vegetable farm is destroyed by Elephants. Through the Bee-Hive Fences, we are able to protect farms from encroachment, and Elephants from being hurt. Farmers can also get an extra income from the honey.
Elephant Human Conflict Background:
The African Elephant is the largest Land Mammal, eating up to 400kg of food daily. Over the last 40+ years, African Elephant numbers have reduced to a 1/3 due to constant Human Elephant Conflicts.
In the Kyondo-Majengo Community, of Kasese, Western Uganda, African Elephants from the Queen Elizabeth National Park come into the community farms each night. Since most of the farmers are living in close to poverty conditions, with daily wages of no more than $2.5 on a daily basis for a family of 6-10 people, it becomes only logical for them to spend sleepless nights drumming and blowing trumpets. Other times burning flames of fire and running after Elephants in the dark night with only a torch in the hands to protect the little crops left in the farms.
For the last 5 years however, the Elephant raids have only increased despite government efforts to install electrified fences around the Park. This unfortunately means that most families have to go with less meals and children have to drop out of school since the main means of livelihood have been disrupted and no compensation offered.
Bee-Keeping For Community Farms:
Elephants are scared of bees. And every farming community living close to National Parks across the African continent has soon realized that losing sleep over protecting crops is sure not the way to lead a healthy life. As it comes with illnesses such as Malaria because of spending nights outside getting mosquito bites, stress, and no guarantee of actually being able to stop Elephants from destroying the farm crops. As a result, Beehive fences have been introduced as the best way to foster coexistence of Humans & Elephants.
Bee-Fences are established at boundaries of farms. And since Elephants do not like the company of bees, they mostly choose to retreat. On top of this, farmers can get an extra income from Honey, propolis and wax harvested from beehives. Hence having an extra income.
In addition to the Bee Project, we established the Tree planting project, focused on mitigating the flooding crisis that has left most of the soil sandy and hence not conducive for farming. By planting trees that can survive in these conditions, the biomass created from the decomposition of falling leaves allows for the soil to regenerate and become fertile once again. This also helps reverse the desertification that has resulted from Trees being cut down for burning bricks on top of the global climate change..
We recently were invited to participate in the Save The Elephants Symposium, and we look forward to Networking more and continuing to support more Families Co-exist with Elephants.
Please donate and share the campaign to enable us build 100 Beehives & Plant 5,000 Trees Monthly to benefit community farms.