The Conservation Enterprise Programme is designed to build, facilitate, co-ordinate and promote the development of nature based enterprises that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable amongst rural and pastoralist communities in Laikipia County. Our historical emphasis has been on beekeeping, aloe products and some seed oils; but beekeeping has always been our primary activity.
The programme creates opportunities for all community members, but particularly for women and the less advantaged. They have a strong role to play in nature based enterprise activities based on wild collections. We help these groups form and organize around beekeeping products, and then link these producer groups to the market, working with groups and the market to get better prices for raw and value-added products. The collective commercialization of the enterprises gives rise to community ownership, accountability and benefit sharing, which LWF emphasizes.