Interest in Forestry: peripheral
Zambia Honey Council (ZHC) was formed in 2003 to provide a forum for honey producers, processors and buyers to discuss issues pertinent to the honey sector. Initially named the Zambia National Bee Keepers Association, the organisation changed its name to ZHC to incorporate all the stakeholders in the honey sector. Since 2005 ZHC has been having dialogue meetings with its key stakeholders mainly primary producers of honey, the traders and processors to look at ways of improving the operations of the Council as well as to identify challenges faced by each of the stakeholder groups. Its operations are currently confined to three main districts in Zambia i.e Kaoma, Kapiri Mposhi and Kabompo Districts. Currently ZHC works with 4 000 individual honey producers that are formed into groups and plans to reach 10 000 producers by the end of 2011. The members will benefit from training and market brokering /linkage activities undertaken by ZHC.
Hivos' interest in ZHC is based on the fact that it seeks to ensure that honey producers have access to markets and thus earn good income to sustain their livelihoods. In 2005 Hivos gave ZHC micro funds to allow it to host a series of meetings with the stakeholders to identify the challenges faced by the honey production sector and to explore ways of assisting the producers, buyers and processors.