Fellow Since 2002
Bee Conservation Project
This profile was prepared when Tunde Fabunmi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
The traditional honey harvesting practice in Nigeria involves allowing bees to breed in the wild and then finding and burning the hives to disperse the bees, usually killing them in the process. This practice reduces the bee population and is both destructive to the environment and unsustainable as a source of income for rural communities. Tunde organizes beekeeping, honey-making, and marketing classes for communities, unemployed young people, and the general public both to introduce alternative modern conservation methods and to provide self-employment initiatives to those not previously involved in honey harvesting. To further stimulate the local economy and to ensure that beekeeping equipment is affordable, Tunde has commissioned local craftsmen to build the requisite equipment from locally produced materials. His approach can be used in other places with similar economic and environmental challenges.