September 2003, Bwindi - Beekeepers harvesting grasses for beehives. When the area was declared a national park in 1991 and local communities banned from removing forest resources, beekeepers complained that they lost their livelihood. Now beekeeping enterprises produce hives woven of grasses, which also have proved to be more productive.
Apiaries have been established and beehives populated so that people can produce and sell honey and beeswax, using traditional knowledge and appropriate technology. Those who used to keep hives made from logs found in the park now have their own improved hives made of woven grasses, which increase yields and the quality of the honey. The expected income from the improved hives is about US$30-40 per household a year.