Thursday, December 16, 2010

Keeping bees and harvesting honey in relation to gender

Keeping bees and harvesting honey are traditionally seen as jobs for men, in many countries. But when using modern types of beehive - which are kept on the ground rather than put in trees - beekeeping can be a very good way for women to earn extra income.

In Uganda, the Api-Prodex company is promoting beekeeping in farming communities, through training and supply of equipment. Farmers are able to lease beehives, smokers and other equipment from the company, and repay the cost through honey sales. They are also given full training in beehive management to maximise their honey production.

The company, now over ten years old, is run by Margaret Ndekera, who was recently recognised at an Africa-wide forum for agribusiness leaders. At the event, in Kampala, she explained more about her successful business to Pius Sawa.

To listen to the full interview, click here:

Finally the library is here

Ndhiwa Maarifa Center has finally finished with the renovations and the first stocking of the community library.
It is the pleasure of the entire community to have this library hosted here since poverty scale in this community is high causing challenge to most pupils and students to access any reading materials once out of the school library.
The library is to be fully in use as from 10th January 2010.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in Cancún, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December 2010.[1] The conference is officially referred to as the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 6th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties (CMP 6) to the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, the two permanent subsidiary bodies of the UNFCCC – the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI)– held their 33rd sessions. The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference extended the mandates of the two temporary subsidiary bodies, the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), and they met as well.

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Walking the Talk; Religious leaders demonstrate by planting trees

A field trip about 50 kilometers from Kampala, was an exciting moment for the religious leaders to show cause for their call to addressing challenges affecting the world today. As the world gathers in Cancun, Mexico for the climate change meeting, Men and women of God were digging holes to plant trees in a farm belonging to one of the particiapnts in a four day training workshop for religious leaders, on Understanding climate change. Imam Kasozi from the Muslim faith, has planted hundreds of acres of trees in his farm in Kalule, Luwero district. The trip started from a tree nursery in Kakiri, Wakiso district, where district officials welcomed and addressed the religious leaders. Each participant was given free seedlings(fruit and trees) to take home.The training, funded by International Network for the Availability for Scientific Publications, INASP was aimed at empowering the religious leaders with skills to influence policies on climate change and science.
I believe this is an idea that we as Kenyas' religious leaders can learn from and be part of the world that is trying to save the universe. Think about it!