I am featured in this months “Nikon Pro” magazine as photographing African killer bees in Tanzania for the charity, Farm Africa.
I travelled to Tanzania earlier this year to photograph for Farm Africa who work with small holder farmers to reduce poverty and improve food security by increasing household incomes and manage their natural resources sustainably.
Farm Africa provides technical expertise to improve production, enterprise development and market linkages, whilst creating and maintaining a sustainable agriculture natural resource management programme.
Beekeeping is an important element of Farm Africa’s project and an activity that has been very successful. Beekeeping is a traditional activity but introducing modern hives means that production has doubled in just one year and the farmers get a better price at market because the honey is of a higher quality. Modern hives also mean that women are able to get involved in honey businesses. Farm Africa now supports 39 beekeeping business groups across 14 villages in Babati and 19 villages in Mbulu with a total of 535 members, 262 of whom are women.
As well as photographing the success of the project I also joined “The Big Bee Hive Challenge”, which was 3 days, nine female food and drink industry leaders and 90 beehives to build. Working alongside the Erri community in Tanzania the group built an apiary of Langstroth beehives to kick-start profitable and sustainable honey farming businesses for the Erri beekeeping group. If that wasn't challenging enough the group also had to reach a £50,000 fundraising target.
For more information on Farm Africa's work go to