Indigenous Pollinators Network

Pollinators (bees, beetles, birds, bats, flies, wasps’ butterflies etc.) play a vital role for peoples’ wellbeing, food security and livelihood. 30% of the food production and humanity’s survival depend on pollination worldwide. Unfortunately this key fact is not widely acknowledged, reducing the efforts of the public and policy makers to conserve this essential resource and ecosystem service.

Aiming to reverse this lack of awareness, the Rome based Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty together with Kivulini Trust, Kenya, hosted in Nairobi on 25-26 September 2013, a two days workshop on the establishment of an Indigenous Pollinators Network. Attended by local practitioners and indigenous knowledge holders, the workshop had 33 participants representing 12 indigenous communities of Kenya and several organizations such as Slow Food International, World Wildlife Foundation, the National Museums of Kenya, FAO, the Ogiek People Development Project, Yaaku Peoples Association, Marsabit Senior Citizen Development, Kinisa Cultural Group and Guyasa Community Based Organization. The Workshop was funded by GEF and FAO supported Global Pollination Programme.

  Dr. Mary Gikungu of the National Museums of Kenya facilitated the Workshop. She highlighted that only a few studies have so far been conducted on bee diversity in East Africa and therefore the richness of bee diversity in the Region has not been widely documented. She gave an example that in a study in 2002 of the Kakamega forest, over 200 bees were found. She said that there is a need for more surveys in both natural and established habitats especially in areas such as the Eastern and North Eastern Regions.

Participants shared information on local practices supporting pollination services and recognized the importance of traditional knowledge on pollination services. They also heard a presentation from FAO about the importance of the knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples and the need that indigenous knowledge holders and scientists to work as equal and mutually respectful partners. They stated that deforestation, the loss of habitat caused by road construction and other development projects undertaken without due consideration of the ecosystem infrastructure, the spread of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, plant diseases and environmental pollution are major threats to pollinators.

The participants from the 12 indigenous communities with the support of the participants from the different organizations concluded that they would return to their communities with the determination to create more awareness within their own communities and counties about the critical role of pollinators to their well being and survival. They requested for support for enhancing their capacity through training, exchange visits and the repeat of such workshops. They also decided to map their own traditional indigenous knowledge and find out the gaps. They expressed their eagerness to work closely with regional and international initiatives such as the African Pollination Initiative and the Global Pollination Project.

Kalacha 2013

  • Ajema Group

    Ajema group(Gabbra) from Forolle -Marsabit County

  • Bismillahi Women Group

    Bismillahi women group (Somali)from North Horr- Marsabit County

  • Adaa Jabesa Women Group

    Adaa Jabesa Women Group(Borana) -Marsabit County

  • Badaa Cultural Group

    Badaa Cultural Group(Borana) from Biliqo -Isiolo County

  • Aryon (dasaanach)

    Aryon (Dasaanach) from Illeret -Marsabit County

  • Isiolo Women for Change

    Isiolo women for change -Isiolo County

  • Borolle Women Group

    Borolle women Group (Borana) from Sololo -Marsabit County

  • Gurapau from Loiyangalani

    Gurapau(El-molo) from Loiyangalani -Marsabit County

  • Burusayo Cultural Group

    Burusayo Cultural Group (Waata)-isiolo county

  • Camel Parade

    Camel parade 2

  • Camel Parade

    Camel Parade

  • Damesa

    Damesa (Borana) from kulamawe-Isiolo County

  • Faiya Down Town

    Faiya down town women group

  • Guyasa

    Guyasa (Borana)from Kinna -Isiolo County

  • Waata Cultural Group

    Waata Cultural Group(Waata) from Garba Tula-isiolo County

  • Turkana Culture and Heritage

    Turkana Culture and Heritage (Turkana) From Ngaremara -Isiolo County

  • Tokkuma Women Group

    Tokkuma women Group (Garri) from Gotu -Isiolo County

  • Liban Group

    Liban Group (Borana) from Bula Pesa-Isiolo county

  • Maikona women Group

    Maikona women group(Gabbra )from Maikona -Marsabit County