Cabesi is a self help group in the North Rift and was started in 2004. It main objective is to make use of natural resources to benefit of the local community with special focus on women. They carry out Camels raring, Bee keeping and silk harvesting. Other components are Cabesi clubs in schools, Jatropha farming and Malaria campaigns.
For income generating, the honey programme has been the most successful and important. A chain from the producer to the user has been established with over 4000 beneficiaries and a honey turn over of 40 tons per year (besides the other bee products), entering the national and international markets.
With Camel centre, Cabesi promotes in the semi-arid lands of Pokot and Turkana region to enhance environmental conservation, food security and peace.
The farmers have been trained through ICIPE support on most of the skills to run the businesses. Skills in bee keeping, honey harvesting, modern beehives (Langstroth), honey storage and packaging and production of other bee products (bee wax and propolis). Other skills are production of sun-dried mangos, bead art. The money from these products is channeled to school fees, medical health, stocking of livestock, digging of latrines (sanitation), construction of houses, etc.
Cabesi emerged to be a full development programme out of the initial project. Calabash is a newly opened hotel/restaurant in the border Turkana as a peace initiative (financed by Kitchen Without Borders), followed at the same area with a Camel Centre (financed by CDTF) to promote camel husbandry for environmental conservation and food security and a bee research centre to study bee health as a part of a bigger research in Africa.
Contact person: Rolf Gloor – Project Leader