blank pixel spacer Kakamega integrated conservation project
Apiculture and Sericulture
Drawing from its recognized success in sericulture and apiculture in East Africa, ICIPE is training and supporting selected farmers and women's groups from around Kakamega Forest in bee keeping and silkworm rearing programs.


  • The Co-operative societies were supplied with 62 model Langstroth bee-hives and 10 honey harvesting suits during the initiation of the program. Four local carpenters were trained to make the modern Langstroth beehives for the Kakamega community.

Training and promotion of modern methods of beekeeping to the community including the use of modern beekeeping equipment
langstroth hives
The project is promoting the more efficient langstroth hives among the community adjacent to Kakamega Forest
log beehive
Traditional log hives that have been used around Kakamega Forest are inefficient
honey production
Community members are assisted to market their honey in the form of high quality products


  • Mulberry cuttings for silk worm rearing were supplied to all the co-operative societies

mulberry plants
Mulberry plants used for silkworm rearing are being cultivated by a number of community members and groups
  • Some of the groups (e.g. Kambiri CBD group) were given land by the project to initiate their income generating projects

silk rearing huts
Two silkworm rearing huts have been constructed for a women's group near Kakamega Forest
Silkworms are reared by the community-based women's group inside the rearing hut
  • Two Co-operative Societies are already producing silkworm cocoons for sale.

The women's group produces cocoons for sale
Cocoons are purchased from the community for production of high quality silk
High quality products are made from the silk for sale

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