Zambia: Trade and Institutional Capacity Building in the Apiculture Sector (TICBAS)
Honey producers and traders in Zambia are not competitive because their products often do not comply with the required sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS). This prevents them from engaging in regional and international trade as well as from participating in domestic supply chains with reputable buyers such as retail chains, hotels and restaurants.
Therefore, the goal of the Trade and Institutional Capacity Building in the Apiculture Sector (TICBAS) project was to improve the livelihoods of producers, processors and traders of honey and bee products by facilitating the expansion of trade and production.
The Bank’s Investment
The African Development Bank in cooperation with the Africa Trade Fund (AfTRA) supported the TICBAS project with a grant of CAD 570,583 to design capacity building programmes on honey production.
Extensive outreach on SPS awareness for the honey sector included 10,000 pamphlets distributed on bee pests and diseases in English and local languages. A TV documentary was aired on broadcaster ZNBC on improving SPS and food safety.
Economic and social benefits
The project trained 1,355 producers, processors and traders facilitating the trading of Zambian honey across regional (Checkers Supermarket in South Africa) and international markets, and consequently improving the livelihoods of the actors within the honey value chain.