Today's global market demand on honey is 518 000 tons, especially the European Union is an important driver for honey production in Central America. The Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union has opened new market opportunities since beekeeping is geared primarily to international markets with 85% to 90% of production being sold for export mainly to the European Union market of both of the countries. This creates new challenges, namely technical requirement, that must be met in order to access the EU market.
The current situation in the beekeeping sector in El Salvador and Nicaragua is characterized with low skill development, lack of technology use, low technological level and a poor business orientation of the beekeeping cooperatives. There is also a very limited access to financial services and business development services.
The project focuses on building the capacity of small-scale producers through advanced trainings in good business practices, as well as technology and skills transfer, so that they can meet the requirements for honey production imposed by EU import standards. This will be enhanced through capacity building of beekeeper cooperatives so that they can apply comprehensive business models to make change in various areas.
Additionally, the project is in the process of developing a technical support programme for manufacturers and suppliers of equipment and materials. They are being linked with financial institutions to enable access to financing for various actors in the honey value chain. Furthermore, the project is working on organic honey certification to facilitate access to new international markets and increase the purchasing prices of honey.
At the end of the three-year implementation phase, the project is expected to show the following results:
2016 - 2018
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