Cameroon Gender and Environmental Watch CAMGEW, has trained over 24 persons in Bamenda on transformation of honey to honey juice and honey wine.
The two trainings that took place in two phases of 12 community leaders in each phase took place From the 8th to 14th August 2020 with the first on 8th and 9th and the second on 13th and 14th August 2020.
The funds of the training came the 2019 UNDP Equator prize which CAMGEW won in 2019 in New York – USA. The award seeks to recognize and advanced local nature-based solutions for climate change and sustainable development and the project submitted by CAMGEW stood out from other entries.
CAMGEW used the prize funds to organized training on honey juice and wine production to develop the Honey Value Chain development.
COVID-19 education on prevention and best practices was mainstreamed into the trainings with COVID-19 hygiene kits like hand washing station and hand sanitizers made available at training venue and facemasks were donated to all participants.
This transformation training encouraged the development of local industries from natural resources around them for job creation and income generation. The production of honey juice and wine from pure honey and organic medicinal plants found in the community was appreciated by the participants.
This training had lessons on entrepreneurship to encourage participants to be innovative, creative, smart and strategic to convert knowledge and skills gotten to create jobs and income for themselves and others.
At the end of the training participants received end of training Attestations, training manual on honey transformation, start-up support made up of 3 litres of pure brown honey and 10 liters plastic storage container.
At the end of the training the participants appreciating the local resources around them. It is worth mentioning that it is the second training organized with Equator Prize funds. The first one on Bees wax soap, powder soap and candle production was done in January 2020.