Livelihood training for climate resilient on rural development on apiculture

n collaboration with the Sikkim Khadi Board, UNDP supported a 4-day climate resilient livelihood training programme in Chemchay village, South District, Sikkim from 12th – 15th December, 2016. The resource persons from Sikkim Khadi and Village Industries Board trained 20 participants in the local language in technical sessions that covered a scientific method of apiculture and the benefits of using modern methods of apiculture. The 4-day training focused on providing scientifically made bee hives to the communities, and also bee colonies, training on how to ensure health of the bee colony, scientific techniques for apiculture(bee-keeping) and honey extraction, lifecycle of bees etc.             

The main agro-economy of South district is one that is highly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, namely water shortage. With reduced surface and spring water availability in this district, the SAPCC advises alternate livelihood training as a way to combat immediate water shortage and a pre-emptive way to reduce the community’s dependence on neighbouring forests. Apiculture is a livelihood activity that combines not only community climate-resilience, but as an added co-benefit is alleviating the reduced pollinator threat