Busy as bees moving forward


Jony blog collage 1In April, the six finalists in GFAR and YPARD’s Youth Agripreneur Project headed back to their homes in the four corners of the world after an intense week of orientation and skills building at the GCARD3 Global Event, to embark on their personal adventures–and tackle their particular challenges–in agricultural entrepreneurship. Over the last three months, Jax, Anil, Nikki, Lillian, Jony, and Kellyann have taken what they learned in the YAP induction workshop and used it to fine-tune their business plans and set realistic milestones for progress; they have channeled the excitement of the pitches they delivered at GCARD3 into campaigning for support through social media, crowdfunding, and getting their names out in their communities; and they have started forming relationships with their mentors who will support and challenge them during this year, and help them identify the resources they will need to make their businesses successful. 

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YAP proposal #130: Self-help Business Model in Harmony with Nature (Jony Girma, Ethiopia)

Thank you Ade.


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The smell of flowers during the brilliant 13 months of sunshine, the buzzing of bees flying out of their hive on a beautiful morning, the collection of ripe honey; apiculture is an intriguing profession. On the first sunrise of the year, the bees leave the hive looking for nectar and pollen. When collecting nectar and pollen, the bees land on many flowers and ensure the pollination of the plants. The bees draw the nectar from the flower and enrich it by adding enzymes. In the beehive the bees thicken the honey, after which the honey is stored in the wax cells to ripe.

My name is Jony Girma, I am 38 years old from Ethiopia, the country with a huge potential of high value organic bee product like honey, beeswax, and propolis. I am a professional in organic agriculture and agricultural economics. The experiences that I have developed in the…

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