Villages adjacent Mikumi National Park are encouraged to produce honey as their source of livelihood.Their livelihood normally depend on agriculture by cultivating maize, they have expanded their farms to nearby the park as a result corridors for elephants and other animals have been destructed.Elephants and baboons normally are attracted to eat their crops, the situation has made most of villagers to lose crops and therefore their livelihood become threatened.
In seeking livelihood, they end up on conducting destructive activities such as Poaching and charcoal making
ECOWICE is encouraging these communities to produce honey and reduce their dependence on farming, we help them to increase productivity and support them to obtain market. The villages are far from the market centers (i.e Morogoro municipal and Dar es Salaam city), roads are normally not accessible, they also can’t add value to compete in the market.
ECOWICE through its processing and packaging industry, support villages to overcome this burden, we support villagers to increase production and taking them to the market.
To ensure the market, Honey is purchased from villagers and then packed and sold to the identified market. In order to raise awareness, packed honey is labelled with brand name SAVE WILD. Sounding like motto, SAVE WILD help urban community who are the major consumers, to understand their responsibility of conserving wildlife.