We seek to address food security, healthy eating while at the same time boosting household income. To achieve this NEFOS helps farmers carry out market research, advise on best and healthy farming practices and help farmers find market for their produce.
Agribusiness is the commercial sector that includes agricultural and farming-related industries. It refers to value chain enterprises, industries and fields of study in agriculture and the bio-economy, where it is also known as bio-business.
Active Agribusiness ventures of interest include:
Beekeeping and Sustainable Agriculture
Beekeeping is the art and science of raising and caring for bees and plants, primarily for the purpose of harvesting honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, and pollen. Beekeeping is an integral component of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship, providing numerous benefits to humans, ecosystems, and biodiversity. By promoting bee health, habitat conservation, and sustainable land management practices, beekeeping contributes to the resilience and sustainability of agricultural systems and the preservation of natural ecosystems.
Beekeeping offers a range of benefits across various domains, including pollination, agri-nutrition, human health, job creation, and environmental conservation. Below are the benefits of beekeeping:
- Pollination: Bees are essential pollinators that play a vital role in the reproduction of flowering plants, including many crops. Through their foraging activities, bees transfer pollen from male to female flower parts, facilitating fertilization and fruit and seed production. This process is crucial for the reproduction of numerous food crops, enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring food security.
- Agri-nutrition: Beekeeping provides access to nutritious hive products such as honey, pollen, royal jelly, and propolis. These products are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, promoting health and nutrition in human diets.Bee products have medicinal properties and are used in traditional medicine for various health benefits. They possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and wound-healing properties, contributing to overall human health and well-being.
- Job Creation: Beekeeping creates employment opportunities along the value chain, from beekeepers, beekeeping equipment manufacturers/fabricators, hive product processors, marketers and distributors. It offers sustainable livelihoods, especially in rural areas where alternative employment options may be limited.
- Environmental Conservation: Beekeeping promotes environmental conservation by fostering sustainable land management practices and habitat preservation. Beekeepers often maintain natural habitats and plant diverse forage sources to support bee populations, contributing to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem health.
- Educational and Cultural Value: Beekeeping has educational and cultural significance, providing opportunities for learning about the importance of pollinators, ecological relationships, and sustainable agriculture practices. It also plays a significant role in cultural traditions and rituals worldwide, connecting communities to nature and fostering appreciation for the natural world.
Greenhouse crop husbandry
The impact of agribusiness initiative: Improved food security
Diversification of farmers income
Increased production and productivity
Equitable livelihood opportunities