This past July, the NEI team had the pleasure of attending the Nestlé Global Forum ceremony (which was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, but broadcasted in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania) as a feature for the winning prize: Creating Shared Value 2016.
With a goal of investing in sustainable development in Africa, Nestlé Global comes together yearly by bringing together businesses, civil society and government leaders from Africa to discuss key topics affecting the continent. As a part of this Forum, an award entitled ‘Creating Shared Value’ is awarded and of the 400 African social enterprises, only two were granted the prize; Natural Extracts Industries Ltd. of Tanzania being one of them.
Essentially, the goal was to help lead nutrition and health through collaboration, understand the needs of smallholder farmers, implement responsible sourcing in supply chain and address gender balance in the workforce, amongst many other aspects of development. It is therefore, a wonderful accomplishment for NEI to receive such recognition! Bravo!
Jasmine Bee Honey is a Moshi based social enterprise that works with bee farmers to bring Tanzanian honey to market.
Jasmijn Bleijerveld began the company 3 years ago to help promote environmental conservation using commercial business as an incentive. The company initiates value chain approached community beekeeping projects, which stimulate the development and growth of beekeeper entrepreneurs and beekeeping related economic activities scalable across Tanzania. They also supply modern beekeeping and processing equipment and relevant training, which allows better hive management, thus a higher yield, better quality of bees products and – crucially – an increased of female participation.
Jasmijn’s mission is to create an organic Tanzanian honey brand recognized for its quality, by supporting the traditional beekeeping sector, stimulating the sustainable development of livelihoods and conservation of biodiversity in Tanzania.
The Jasmine Bee products include:
Organic honey is made by wild African bees in the pristine acacia woodlands and forests of the majestic Wami River valley bordering Saadani National Park.
The honey contains no preservatives or additives and is not processed in any way. This honey also supports the Kisampa Community Conservation Sanctuary.
In the Udzungwa Mountains, a sharp boundary between forest and farms leads to elephant crop- raiding and conflict with communities. To reduce the crop-raiding, STEP and Njokomoni Farmers Group built a beehive fence to protect the farms against elephant raids, and provide farmers with an additional source of income. As a result, retaliatory killing of elephants has fallen to almost zero. By buying this honey, you are supporting a project which is restoring harmony between people and elephants in southern Tanzania.
We love Jasmine Bee Honey because their values of environmental and social responsibility are so similar to NEI’s!