Working Group has been strengthening community based forest stakeholders and key actors in the wood supply chain in three major timber producing areas in Ghana, namely: Bibiani, Sefwi Juaboso and Sefwi Wiawso forest districts all in the Western region of Ghana, for the implementation of EU timber regulations and the new domestic market policy, a project sponsored by the European Union.

As part of the project objectives, sensitisation workshops were carried out from 15 to 17 July 2014 in Bibiani, Juaboso and Sefwi Wiawso districts for SRAC members from 30 communities in the 3 forest districts. The meeting adopted training of trainers approach to educate selected members of the communities (7 each) on alternative livelihood options particularly beekeeping since it was the most preferred option. These members are expected to educate their communities on the livelihood options. Key issues discussed included: the processes involved in beekeeping and the economic importance of beekeeping.

Presentation on beekeeping by Dr Adjaloo

Following the sensitisation and training workshops, there were series of on-site coaching where Dr. Michael Adjaloo, the resource person from the Technology Consultancy Centre of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-trained communities in the installation of hives in the various communities between July and December 2014. He was again engaged to train community members on harvesting and processing of the honey in the three districts of the project area.

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