Beekeeping is an important activity that helps communities raise additional income to better their livelihoods. Beekeeping is also a sustainable form of agriculture that is beneficial to the environment. "Beekeeping provides people in poverty with additional regular income, helps the environment and has other advantages:
- It is inexpensive. Individuals and private organizations such as churches, women's groups, youth associations and co-operative societies can start up with a small amount of money.
- It does not involve mass feeding of bees because they provide their own food all year round.
- Beehives can be made locally by carpenters, though some equipment may need to be imported.
- It requires no land, so those with few assets can participate." (Hands On, "Report 4 (of 5): Bee Fair - Kenya")
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