One trip for “Farm Africa” to Tanzania.
Two bee suits.
Three pairs of gloves.
Four separate photographing sessions of the harvesting.
Being told that five stings to the body is not good.
Six minutes of checking the suit and the equipment before going in.
Seven bees getting inside the bee suit which had several rips and was a size too small for me.
Eight fellow travellers watching from the safety of the 4x4s!
Nine stings on one hand that swelled up so much I had to remove my wedding ring for two weeks.
Ten minutes each session with the bees.
Nearly thirty stings overall.
Several phone calls for medical advice.
Lots of applying antihistamine cream and taking of tablets.
Forty minutes of jogging to lose the cloud of bees around me.
Farm Africa works with small holder farmers to reduce poverty and improve food security by increasing household incomes.
Traditional livelihoods of felling trees to sell as timber and charcoal has reduced the forest at a rate of 300,000 hectares each year. Farm Africa has been introducing more profitable and sustainable enterprises, like beekeeping.
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