The contribution of apiculture towards rural income in Honde Valley Zimbabwe

Livelihood strategies in developing countries typically depend on agricultural activities. Nonetheless, climate change, recurrent droughts and floods are contributing to crop failures in many developing countries yet beekeeping has proven to offer a valuable adaptive strategy. Against this background, the study sought to examine the role of apiculture as an alternative livelihood strategy in Honde Valley. Using the feasible generalised least squares (FGLS) technique and cross sectional data collected on 80 households selected through multistage sampling technique, gender of household head, access to credit, dependency ratio, level of education and size of land owned are found to be significant factors explaining rural income in Honde Valley. Turning to the variable of enquiry, the results of the analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) indicate that the mean per capita income for apiculture farmers is found to be significantly higher than that of non-apiculture farmers. Against this background, apiculture can be used as an alternative livelihood for the rural community. The study contributes in identifying alternative livelihood strategies in developing countries like Zimbabwe.

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